Military


China's Defense Budget

Budget Year Official Budget MILITARY EXPENDITURES (ME)
Million dollars
(WMEAT)
RMB Yuan = $US % of GNP % of CGE % Increase over last yr Current Constant
1999
Constant
1993
1983 6.8 30.4 53,050
1984 5.8 26.1 52,140
1985 5.1 23.8 52,160
1986 4.6 19.3 50,960
1987 4.2 19.5 51,400
1988 3.8 20.0 52,040
1989 25.1 6.7 1.5 19.1 $ 43,300 $ 54,400 51,320
1990 29.0 6.1 1.6 18.8 $ 47,800 $ 57,700 54,110
1991 32.5 6.2 1.5 17.3 - $ 47,100 $ 54,900 52,000
1992 37.8 6.9 1.4 16.9 13.8 $ 50,100 $ 57,100 54,870
1993 42.7 7.4 1.2 16.2 15.4 $ 52,100 $ 57,900 56,170
1994 55.1 6.6 1.1 - 28.8 $ 53,600 $ 58,400
1995 63.7 7.6 1.0 - 14.5 $ 58,700 $ 62,600
1996 72.0 8.6 1.0 - - $ 64,500 $ 67,500
1997 81.3 9.8 1.0 - - $ 73,200 $ 75,100
1998 93.5 11.3 1.1 8.7 - $ 86,100 $ 87,300
1999 107.7 13.0 1.2 8.2 15.2 $ 88,900 $ 88,900
2000 121.3 14.6 1.2 8.3 12.6
2001 141.0 17.0 1.3 8.3 17.7
2002 166.0 20.0 1.4 - 17.6
2003 185.3 22.4 1.4 - 9.6
2004 206.5 25.0 1.7 12.7 11.6
2005 247.7 29.9 1.4% 12.6
2006 280.0 35.3 1.3% 15.
2007 350.92 45.0 17.8
2008 417.8 57.2 1.4 17.6
2009 480.7 70.3 14.9
2010 532.1 77.9 7.5
2011 91.5
2012 670.0 106.4 11.6
2013 720.2 114.3 10.7

GNP = gross national product
CGE = central government expenditure
  • There are minor discrepancies in various published reports as to the nominal Rb published budgets.
  • There are significant discrepancies in various published estimates of Yuan to Dollar conversion rates in the early 1990s, with some estimate providing dollar values that are about 2/3 of those reported here.
  • There are substantial discrepancies in estimates of military spending as a fraction of GDP. Some estimates from the early 1990s place the burden as more than double the values reported here. The discontinuity in GDP percentage between 1988 and 1989 is methodological rather than actual.






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