The US government believes that China's total military
expenditures in 2012 stood between $135 billion and $215 billion, said Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Helvey on May 6, 2013. He
briefed Pentagon reporters on the Defense Department's 2013 annual report to
Congress on military and security developments in China. These investments
continue a now two-decade trend of sustained Chinese defense spending
increases, he said. Here, Joint
Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey (right) and Chinese Chief of the
General Staff Gen. Fang Enghui (center) inspect a Chinese honor guard during an honor
cordon in Beijing during Dempsey's official visit, April 22, 2013.DOD
photo by D. Myles Cullen
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