China’s military expenditure was three times more than that of India last year but the share of its defence spending in GDP was less than India’s, India’s Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said on Wednesday.
No official data relating to China’s annual defence budget is available but as per the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) database, China’s military expenditure was USD 2,28,230 million in 2017 while that of India stood at USD 63,923 million that year, Bhamre said in the Lok Sabha, Lower House of Parliament.
In 2016, China spent USD 2,16,031 million and India’s defence spending was USD 56,637 million in that year, he said during the Question Hour.
In 2017, India spent 2.5 per cent of its GDP in military, while China spent 1.9 per cent of the GDP in military, the Minister of State for Defence said.
The Indian government’s military spending was 9.1 per cent in 2017, China’s spending was 6.1 per cent, he said.
New Delhi Correspondent