By Patrick Lozada
Citing national memories of ‘suffering bullying,’ Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying made the case for stronger military spending at a news conference on Sunday preceding the 2013 National People’s Congress in Beijing.
Fu’s remarks were clarified on Tuesday as officials announced that China’s military spending would increase by 10.7 percent this year to 720.2 billion yuan. Chinese military spending has increased significantly over the past twenty years – last year alone growing by 11.2 percent – spent on goodies such as decommissioned Ukrainian aircraft carriers.
It is worth noting that despite the proposed increase in China’s military expenditure, US defense spending remains nearly than five times that of the PRC.
Reached for comment about China’s increased military spending and problems “suffering bullying,” the countries of Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan collectively muttered something incoherent about their lunch money.