According to the Global Times, a tabloid publication controlled and run by the Chinese Communist Party, China is anticipated to raise defense spending in 2022. Analysts believe that China would continue to expand its military spending consistently, maybe at a little quicker rate than the previous year.
Moreover, military analysts predict that China’s defense spending might increase by 7%. “China’s economic progress is wonderful, but it poses security risks,” the Global Times said. “The two elements create a basis and a requirement for China to build its national defense capabilities significantly,” the report stated.
According to Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military specialist, “China will certainly continue to raise its military expenditure this year since defense expenditures should be directly tied to national economic development.”
According to the reports, since 2016, China has increased its yearly defense spending by a single digit. China’s GDP rose by 8.1 percent in 2021, marking the most remarkable growth in the Chinese economy in over a decade. “China would likely increase its spending on national defense,” Fu says.
Many people in the West believe China will attack Taiwan. China’s President Xi Jinping has stated that it is a matter of “when,” not “if,” China will make a move on Taiwan. If the United States recognizes Taiwan’s independence, it might spark a military clash between the United States and China.
Furthermore, Xi Jinping recently reached out to North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-Un, urging the two communist countries to find a “shared understanding” to create helpful and cordial relations. In a recent interview with NPR, China’s Ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, stated, “If the Taiwanese authorities (continue) along the road toward independence, it will most certainly engage China and the United States in a military battle.”
Therefore, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed that Japan hold nuclear weapons on behalf of the United States as a preventive defense against China. The rising possibility of the Chinese invasion in Asia has caused Japan to break with its post-WWII pacifistic traditions and reassess its strategy for national security.