March 4, 2009

China increases military spending

Per the China Daily, "China plans to increase its defense budget by 14.9 percent in 2009, a parliament spokesman said in Beijing on Wednesday."

The Twitterverse was relatively quiet about the news, with only a few scattered tweets referring to it as of this post.

One man currently living in Beijing, originally from the United Kingdom per his blog, tweeted out the development.

@dlmarr (Beijing): China says it will increase military spending by a "modest" 14.9% this year to 480.6bn yuan ($70.2bn; £50bn).

A Daily Telegraph correspondent in Beijing had a few questions as the news was announced.

@RichardJSpencer (Beijing): Why does the NPC press conference reveal the Chinese military budget every year but not the total budget?

@RichardJSpencer (Beijing): Why do I always think these press conferences might be interesting even after so many of them?

News of the budget increase came shortly after China handed control of its space station project over to its military.

@brettkopf (East Lansing, Mich.): China send military to space. Scary?

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