BBC News I have to say the only thing that surprised me here is how low the figure currently is considering the size of China. The UK spends more than that. However, obviously with China being a single-party dictatorship I can understand neighbouring countries being more than a little concerned with such a sudden increase in spend, especially the "renegade province" of Taipei/Taiwan. Anything to be worried about? Or just China making use of its GDP increase to modernise its military?