In a bit of boosterism, speaking to China’s Xinhua news agency, China’s defense minister Liang Guanglie said that China’s military has ‘taken a quantum leap’ in its warfighting capabilities as a result of investments in defense technology. “It could be said that China has basically all the kinds of equipment possessed by Western countries, much of which reaches or approaches advanced world standards,” he said.
His comments come just before China’s National Day military parade, which showcases Chinese military hardware.
“China has poured money into its armed forces in recent years in a bid to transform the once-backward PLA into a lean, professional and high-tech fighting force.
China’s military spending rose 15.3 percent in 2009 to 69 billion dollars, according to a budget submitted to parliament in March, the latest in a string of double-digit increases.”