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China’s defense budget shows Xi’s priorities as economy tightens
China’s defense budget shows Xi’s priorities as economy tightens. When China announced a 6.6% increase in its military budget last week while cutting substantially in other areas, analysts said it made one thing clear: Beijing senses an increasing security threat and is giving the People’s Liberation Army the military muscle to deal with it.
President Xi Jinping followed up the multibillion dollar increase with an instruction to the military to “think about worst-case scenarios,