China number two in military spending starting in 2006 and India will be number three in 2019

China became number two in military spending in 2006 and India will become the number three military spender in 2019.

In total from 2006 to 2018, China has spend about three times as much as Russia and the UK but it has taken 13 years for China to modernize and have competitive or superior systems to Russia and the UK. China might not be a clear and definitive number two military technology and capability until 2025. China will not try to compete with Russia and the USA in terms of a matching nuclear capability.

There is an overall level of economic development, manufacturing and technical capability that is needed along with sustained military spending in order to have a superior military capability.

India economy will grow into its number three military spending position. It will take until 2030-2040 for India to establish a clear world number 3 military.

21 thoughts on “China number two in military spending starting in 2006 and India will be number three in 2019”

  1. Not really. Defense is usually much cheaper than offense. You only have to be big enough that the enemy will choke when he tries to swallow you.

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  2. Not really. Defense is usually much cheaper than offense. You only have to be big enough that the enemy will choke when he tries to swallow you.

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  3. Considering that China pays engineers 1/4 of the Americans it makes sense that it does not need to spend so much as the US to be able to defend themselves

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  4. Considering that China pays engineers 1/4 of the Americans it makes sense that it does not need to spend so much as the US to be able to defend themselves

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  5. ‘China might not be a clear and definitive number two military technology and capability until 2025’?? Chinais a clear and definitive number one in military technology and capability now, where it matters, within 1000 miles of her coasts and borders.

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  6. ‘China might not be a clear and definitive number two military technology and capability until 2025’??Chinais a clear and definitive number one in military technology and capability now where it matters within 1000 miles of her coasts and borders.

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  7. It would seem military spending is about the same percentage of the economy. The larger the economy the more the money spent on the military.

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  8. It would seem military spending is about the same percentage of the economy. The larger the economy the more the money spent on the military.

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  9. A large portion of the money would be better spent on infrastructure and R&D. Best to focus on what you need to defend yourself and just buy that.

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  10. A large portion of the money would be better spent on infrastructure and R&D. Best to focus on what you need to defend yourself and just buy that.

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  11. ‘China might not be a clear and definitive number two military technology and capability until 2025’??

    Chinais a clear and definitive number one in military technology and capability now, where it matters, within 1000 miles of her coasts and borders.

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