“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army are not Boy Scouts with spears. Some foreigners always expect China to be a baby Scout. In that way, how can we safeguard national security and world peace? How can we ensure stability in the country, region and the world? […] Even as a Scout grows up, his former dress and shoes will not fit anymore and thus he will have to change into bigger ones.”
–Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, in defense of the country’s military spending.
Japan criticized the Chinese government for lacking transparency on defense expenditure after the Chinese government on Wednesday revealed its plans to raise its defense budget by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan in 2014.