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China's Defense Budget

Budget Year Official Budget MILITARY EXPENDITURES (ME)
Million dollars
(WMEAT)
RMB Yuan = $US% of GNP% of CGE% Increase over last yr CurrentConstant
1999
Constant
1993
19836.830.453,050
19845.826.152,140
19855.123.852,160
19864.619.350,960
19874.219.551,400
19883.820.052,040
198925.16.71.519.1$ 43,300$ 54,400 51,320
199029.06.11.618.8$ 47,800$ 57,700 54,110
199132.56.21.517.3-$ 47,100$ 54,900 52,000
199237.86.91.416.913.8$ 50,100$ 57,100 54,870
199342.77.41.216.215.4$ 52,100$ 57,900 56,170
199455.16.61.1-28.8$ 53,600$ 58,400
199563.77.61.0-14.5$ 58,700$ 62,600
199672.08.61.0--$ 64,500$ 67,500
199781.39.81.0--$ 73,200$ 75,100
199893.511.31.18.7-$ 86,100$ 87,300
1999107.713.01.28.215.2$ 88,900$ 88,900
2000121.314.61.28.312.6
2001141.017.01.38.317.7
2002166.020.01.4-17.6
2003185.322.41.4-9.6
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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