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Friday, 06 June 2014 - 18:13
China under-reports defence spending, says US
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China has under-reported its 2014 defence spending by about 20%, according to an annual report put out by the US defence department.

China's stated budget for this year was 120 billion dollars, but the US report said the actual figure was closer to 145 billion dollars.

The US called on China to be more open about its plans, amid high tension with other regional powers over disputed islands in the South China Sea.

China often accused the US of hypocrisy as their budget dwarfs Beijing's.

The American military budget was about 600 billion dollars in 2013.
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