The United States vs. China

In an online article on Al Jazzera, the United States is said to be worried about the build-up of the Chinese military. The same report highlights military expenditures of some major powers. The numbers speak for themselves and someone has to take the first steps in backing away from a future catastrophic confrontation. It must be the US.


Spending as a proportion of global total (2005 figures):
US 47.77%
China 4.10%
Russia 2.10%
Japan 4.20%
UK 4.83%
India 2.04%
France 4.61%

Source: Stockhom International Peace Research Inst. (


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