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China-U.S. Rivalry: Washington Must Keep Pace With Beijing on Military Spending, Analysts Say

Rocky Weitz speaks with the South China Morning Post about what China's increased military budget means for the U.S.

China’s increased defence spending, outsize ambition and growing coordination of civilian and military technologies and capabilities represent a potential threat to American interests and operations in the Pacific, according to US analysts.

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“China’s increased military spending, and related science and technology spending increases, should be taken seriously by policymakers in Washington, as well as by policymakers in Japan, South Korea, Australia, and other countries in the Indo-Pacific,” said Rockford Weitz, a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and director of the school’s maritime studies programme.

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