China Military Spending/Defense Budget 1989-2022

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 2020 was $252.30B, a 4.98% increase from 2019.
  • China military spending/defense budget for 2019 was $240.33B, a 3.36% increase from 2018.
  • China military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $232.53B, a 10.5% increase from 2017.
  • China military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $210.44B, a 6% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
China $252.30B
Russia $61.71B
Brazil $19.74B
Turkey $17.72B
Iran $15.83B
Algeria $9.71B
Colombia $9.22B
Thailand $7.34B
Iraq $7.02B
Mexico $6.12B
Romania $5.73B
Malaysia $3.81B
South Africa $3.15B
Peru $2.63B
Ecuador $2.24B
Azerbaijan $2.24B
Jordan $2.08B
Lebanon $1.92B
Kazakhstan $1.73B
Bulgaria $1.25B
Serbia $1.12B
Belarus $0.84B
Armenia $0.63B
Dominican Republic $0.60B
Botswana $0.55B
Namibia $0.37B
Paraguay $0.36B
Guatemala $0.34B
Gabon $0.27B
Jamaica $0.24B
Albania $0.22B
Bosnia $0.17B
North Macedonia $0.16B
Montenegro $0.10B
Fiji $0.07B
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
2020 $252.30B 1.75%
2019 $240.33B 1.73%
2018 $232.53B 1.74%
2017 $210.44B 1.75%
2016 $198.54B 1.77%
2015 $196.54B 1.75%
2014 $182.11B 1.73%
2013 $164.07B 1.70%
2012 $145.13B 1.69%
2011 $125.29B 1.67%
2010 $105.52B 1.74%
2009 $96.60B 1.89%
2008 $78.84B 1.71%
2007 $62.14B 1.74%
2006 $51.45B 1.85%
2005 $42.79B 1.85%
2004 $37.90B 1.93%
2003 $33.14B 1.98%
2002 $30.28B 2.05%
2001 $26.56B 1.98%
2000 $22.24B 1.83%
1999 $20.47B 1.87%
1998 $17.03B 1.66%
1997 $15.70B 1.63%
1996 $14.28B 1.65%
1995 $12.39B 1.69%
1994 $9.87B 1.69%
1993 $12.36B 1.93%
1992 $12.24B 2.45%
1991 $9.80B 2.31%
1990 $9.93B 2.45%
1989 $11.25B 2.45%