Perhaps tellingly, Li dropped the use of the word “peaceful” when talking of reunification with Taiwan, a departure from decades of using it as the standard expression Chinese leaders used when addressing parliament and mentioning Taiwan. China announced Friday a 6.6 percent increase in its $178 billion defense budget, down from last year's increase of 7.5 percent. Washington spent $684.6 billion (€631.8 billion) on its defense budget, with $275.4 of that going on arms procurement and R&D (or "defense investments"). In recent years, China has poured trillions of yuan into the modernisation of its military (AFP Photo/Greg BAKER) China … MELBOURNE, Australia — China has announced a 6.6 percent growth in its defense budget for this year, its lowest rate of increase for almost three decades. Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy will name its next submarine the USS Barb, after a World War II sub that sank 17 enemy vessels, and the next guided missile destroyer will be named for John F. Lehman, former secretary of the Navy. Download historical data for 20 million indicators using your browser. This discrepancy may be the result of the defense white paper including costs associated with militia forces in its figures. PLA aircraft reportedly conducted 217 sorties and crossed the median line 49 times. Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command has approved Raytheon's StormBreaker smart weapon for use on the F-15E, Raytheon announced Tuesday. Read: Taiwan Hails 'largest Democracy' India; Blasts China For Issuing Diktat To Indian Media. If Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s grim vision becomes reality, American troops may soon be fighting China, embarking on a new and far larger conflict that would make Afghanistan look like child’s play. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said as much during his speech Friday at the opening of the annual gathering of its largely rubber stamp parliament. Between 2003 and 2025, in dollar terms Chinese expenditures on procurement and research and development are projected to more than double. Beijing sees growing relations between the United States and Taiwan as a threat to its influence in the region and asks Washington to adhere to the 'One China' policy. Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times, a publication of the Chinese Communist Party, on Friday that the budget ensures that China's military programs remain unaffected by the COVID-19 virus and can go on as scheduled. Speaking on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Esper said the U.S. would “certainly live up to our commitments to Taiwan,” noting that it is also bound by the Taiwan Relations Act enacted by Congress, which pledges to supply Taiwan with weapons it needs for its defense. China calls the movements routine training exercises. Conchata Ferrell from 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Mystic Pizza' dead at 77, Blood type may predict risk for severe COVID-19, studies say, Amy Coney Barrett says Supreme Court can't enforce rulings, Barron Trump had COVID-19, has tested negative again: first lady, Titans RB Derrick Henry delivers devastating stiff-arm to Bills' Josh Norman, 2020 election: scenes from final stretch of presidential campaign. Even though Taiwan is not recognised by the United Nations, it maintains business offices in several countries, including the United States.
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