While lots of folks are fretting over China’s announced
While it is well-known that China’s public-security apparatus has expanded vastly since 2008, the “Year of the Olympics,” observers were astounded by the 624.4 billion yuan ($95.0 billion) wei-wen budget for this year. The increase represented a jump of 13.8 percent over that of 2010. In comparison, the PLA budget stood at 601.1 billion yuan ($91.5 billion), a year-on-year rise of 12.7 percent (Reuters, March 5; Ming Pao [Hong Kong] March 6).
For those of you who have been watching, the most recent internal security budget is not only 4% larger than Beijing’s defense budget (the first time ever) but it represents a 45% increase in spending from
Somebody’s very worried in Beijing.