Jan 7, 2011
Leaked US Government documents show Australia’s intelligence agencies believe China is hiding the extent of its military build-up.
The documents obtained by Wikileaks reportedly show that Australian officials in the intelligence, defence and foreign affairs departments believe China’s military build up threatens regional stability.
A strategic assessment by the agencies claim China’s military spending for 2006 was $US90 billion, double the $45 billion budget that was publicly announced,
The officials also claim that China is building a military capability well beyond its defence priorities and poses a credible threat to other modern militaries operating in the region.
The documents warn the modernisation of China’s defence capabilities will present more formidable challenges in the future.
This article was posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 4:59 am