China declines to reveal defence spending

China’s national legislature declined to announce the country’s 2013 defence budget at a press conference on Monday, in a departure from normal practice the day before its annual session opens.

Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the National People’s Congress (NPC), which begins on Tuesday, responded with frustration when she was asked about military spending at a press conference where in recent years the budget has been revealed.

“It seems China has to explain every year to the outside world why we should strengthen national defence and why we should increase the military budget,” Fu said.   Read more…

Source: South China Morning Post

 

Indonesia: Increased Military Spending Planned for Next 18 Months

 

A minister has revealed that the government is planning to purchase more tanks and fighter jets during the current administration’s last 18 months in office.

Only Rp 57 trillion of the Rp 150 trillion allocated for the 2010-2014 budget has been used to meet Indonesia’s minimum defense capability, according to Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, who added that the government is prioritizing the purchase of “moving primary defense systems,” including fighter jets, tanks and missiles.

“The stationary [defense system] is made up of things like radar. We are planning to add several more, but the plan is optional. If we can’t, then we won’t push for the budget,” he said.

Source: Jakarta Globe

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond warns David Cameron to cut the welfare budget, not defence spending

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has warned he will resist further cuts to the armed forces in Chancellor George Osborne’s forthcoming spending review.

After No 10 warned publicly last month that the military would not be immune from further financial retrenchment, Mr Hammond made clear that he would resist anything more than modest “efficiency savings”.  Read more…

 

Source: The Independent

India goes for huge defence spending

India yesterday enhanced annual budgetary allocation for defence expenditure by 4.5 per cent to Rs 2.03 lakh crore for the financial year 2013-14, setting at rest speculation that the country’s slowing economic growth could affect its military acquisitions.

Of the total defence outlay for 2013-14, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who presented his budget in Parliament in the morning, said Rs 86,741 crore will be for capital expenditure in defence sector.  Read more…

Source: The Daily Star

Burma Parliament Approves Controversial Defense Budget

RANGOON—Burma’s Union Parliament approved the government’s US $1.15 billion military budget on Friday with an overwhelming majority. More than $600 million will be spent on military hardware, accounting for over half of the controversial budget this year, according to documents obtained by The Irrawaddy.

In a joint vote by the Upper House and Lower House in Naypyidaw, 445 parliamentarians voted in support of the proposed military budget, 60 voted for a reduction of the budget and 7 MPs abstained.  Read more…

Source: The Irrawaddy