Putin and Obama Snub Each Other at D-Day Ceremony, Chinese Military Spending Exceeds $145 Billion, shows growing capability to project military power beyond its shores
But Putin talks with Ukraine leader Poroshenko.
In Bénouville, France, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have gone out of their way to ignore each other.
“Obama and Putin were at times close enough to touch but did not speak with or acknowledge each other in the pool’s presence,” the White House pool reporter notes.
China shows growing capability to project military power beyond its shores, the Defense Department said Thursday.
In an annual report to Congress, the Pentagon said China is developing and testing new types of missiles, expanding the reach of its navy and upgrading its air force. China is also investing in military capabilities in cyberspace, space and electronic warfare
China’s military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyber weapons, the Pentagon said on Thursday, offering a far higher figure than Beijing’s official tally.
The Pentagon’s estimate, using 2013 prices and exchange rates, was 21 percent above the $119.5 billion figure announced by China. It was detailed in an annual report to Congress that cited steady progress in Chinese defense capabilities.
It acknowledged that estimating Chinese spending can be difficult, in part because of “poor accounting transparency and incomplete transition from a command economy.”