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China - Military expenditure in current prices

228,231 (million US dollars) in 2017

In 2017, military expenditure for China was 228,231 million US dollars. Between 1998 and 2017, military expenditure of China grew substantially from 17,528 to 228,231 million US dollars rising at an increasing annual rate that reached a maximum of 26.98 % in 2008 and then decreased to 5.65 % in 2017.

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What is military expenditure?

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilization, conversion, and destruction of weapons. This definition cannot be applied for all countries, however, since that would require much more detailed information than is available about what is included in military budgets and off-budget military expenditure items. (For example, military budgets might or might not cover civil defense, reserves and auxiliary forces, police and paramilitary forces, dual-purpose forces such as military and civilian police, military grants in kind, pensions for military personnel, and social security contributions paid by one part of government to another.)

What is China military expenditure?

Date Value Change, %
2017 228,231 5.65 %
2016 216,031 0.91 %
2015 214,093 6.63 %
2014 200,772 11.61 %
2013 179,880 14.29 %
2012 157,390 14.08 %
2011 137,967 19.23 %
2010 115,712 9.53 %
2009 105,644 22.33 %
2008 86,362 26.98 %
2007 68,012 22.90 %
2006 55,337