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Security personnel are deployed around the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (Photo by Kosaku Mimura).
China People's Congress 2018

China spending puts domestic security ahead of defense

Budget rise highest in western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- While China's stepped-up military posture has resulted in increasing confrontations with India, the U.S., Japan and other countries, Beijing has actually been pouring even more resources into domestic security than external security.

China's annual spending on domestic security has more than tripled since 2007, to reach 1.24 trillion yuan ($193 billion) last year, according to an analysis published on Monday by Adrian Zenz, who researches Chinese policy in Tibet and Xinjiang at the European School of Culture and Theology in Korntal, Germany. By his calculations, the total was about 19% more than both the comparable figure for the U.S. and the amount China spent on external defense.

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