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China - Military expenditure in current prices

(million US dollars)
in 2015

Military expenditure of China increased from 55,337 million US dollars in 2006 to 214,787 million US dollars in 2015 growing at an average annual rate of 16.43 %.

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.)

Date Value Change, %
2015 214,787 7.58 %
2014 199,651 12.26 %
2013 177,848 12.96 %
2012 157,446 14.12 %
2011 137,967 19.25 %
2010 115,701 9.53 %
2009 105,634 22.24 %
2008 86,412 26.91 %
2007 68,090 23.05 %
2006 55,337 21.01 %
2005 45,729 13.32 %
2004 40,353