China Military Spending/Defense Budget 1989-2021

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country).
  • China military spending/defense budget for 2019 was $261.08B, a 2.99% increase from 2018.
  • China military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $253.49B, a 10.95% increase from 2017.
  • China military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $228.47B, a 5.57% increase from 2016.
  • China military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $216.40B, a 0.9% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
China $261.08B
Russia $65.10B
Brazil $26.95B
Turkey $20.45B
Iran $12.62B
Algeria $10.30B
Colombia $10.08B
Iraq $7.60B
Thailand $7.31B
Mexico $6.54B
Romania $4.94B
Malaysia $3.77B
South Africa $3.47B
Peru $2.72B
Lebanon $2.52B
Ecuador $2.47B
Bulgaria $2.13B
Jordan $2.03B
Azerbaijan $1.85B
Kazakhstan $1.77B
Serbia $1.14B
Belarus $0.78B
Armenia $0.67B
Dominican Republic $0.62B
Botswana $0.52B
Namibia $0.41B
Paraguay $0.40B
Guatemala $0.34B
Gabon $0.27B
Jamaica $0.25B
Albania $0.20B
Bosnia $0.18B
North Macedonia $0.15B
Montenegro $0.09B
Fiji $0.08B
Guyana $0.07B
Belize $0.02B
Mauritius $0.02B
Costa Rica $0.00B
China Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2019 $261.08B 1.89%
2018 $253.49B 1.90%
2017 $228.47B 1.90%
2016 $216.40B 1.93%
2015 $214.47B 1.91%
2014 $200.77B 1.91%
2013 $179.88B 1.87%
2012 $157.39B 1.84%
2011 $137.97B 1.83%
2010 $115.71B 1.91%
2009 $105.64B 2.06%
2008 $86.36B 1.88%
2007 $68.01B 1.90%
2006 $55.34B 1.99%
2005 $45.92B 1.99%
2004 $40.35B 2.05%
2003 $35.13B 2.10%
2002 $32.14B 2.18%
2001 $27.88B 2.07%
2000 $22.93B 1.89%
1999 $21.03B 1.92%
1998 $17.53B 1.70%
1997 $16.10B 1.67%
1996 $14.56B 1.69%
1995 $12.61B 1.72%
1994 $10.05B 1.73%
1993 $12.58B 1.96%
1992 $12.42B 2.48%
1991 $9.95B 2.35%
1990 $10.09B 2.49%
1989 $11.40B 2.48%