China now spends more than the next 25 Asian nations combined on defence. Over the decade, its spending has grown 75% compared to 33% for the region. India is the second-largest military spender, then Japan, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan.


David Uren writing in The Strategist, makes the following points:
  • China, India, and Japan are increasing military spending due to geopolitical tensions.
  • China's military spending exceeds the combined outlays of the next 25 biggest nations in the region.
  • China's spending growth has outstripped that of other nations, rising by 75% over the last decade.
  • The US has the largest military, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought an increase in spending in Europe and the US.
  • Lower defence spending in most nations has freed up funds for welfare, education, and infrastructure.


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