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China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries

 China dismissed Japanese concerns about its defence spending as "ridiculous" on Thursday after Tokyo commissioned its biggest-ever helicopter carrier.

China says 2015 defence budget to rise about 10 percent

 China`s defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, the spokeswoman for the country`s parliament said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing Chinese economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment.

NATO chief urges Germany to lead way on defence spending

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Germany on a visit to Berlin Wednesday to mirror its leadership role in Europe as the bloc`s biggest economy in its defence spending.

Israeli PM eyes big increase in defence spending

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday said he was supporting an increase in defence spending in the upcoming 2015 budget in opposition to the stance of the finance minister, which may lead to the collapse of his political coalition.

Ukraine plans USD 3 billion boost to defence spending

Ukraine`s president today vowed to boost military spending by USD 3 billion in the next three years as government forces seek to overpower pro-Russian separatists in the east.

China invokes `peace` to defend hike in its defence spending

Amid speculation over another big hike in its defence budget, China today defended its high military spending already about USD 117.7 billion, saying "peace can only be preserved with strength".

Pakistan, India should cut defence spending: Nawaz Sharif

Calling for an end to the arms race in the region, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked India to join Pakistan in taking steps to cut defence expenditure.

India set to overtake UK`s defence spend by 2017: Report

India looks set to spend more on its defence budget than cash-strapped Britain within four years` time, according to a new report published on Wednesday.

Budget 2013: India hikes military spending 14 percent

India hiked its military spending to Rs 203,672 crore (Rs 2.03 trillion/USD 37 billion), an increase of five percent over the Rs 193,407 crore outlay for 2012-13.

Raise R&D spending to promote indiginisation in defence: Navy Chief

The expenditure on Research and Development (R&D) needs to be enhanced in the country for promoting innovation to achieve larger goals of indeginisation in the defence sector, Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi said here on Friday.

Pak defence spending exceeds budgetary limits by Rs 60 bn

The govt had envisaged Rs 442 billion as defence spending for current fiscal year.

Egypt turmoil shows needs for defence spending: NATO

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen slams cuts in European defence spending.

Pak hikes defence spending by 17%

Pakistan hiked its defence spending for 2010-11 to USD 5.18 bn on Saturday.

China announces 7.5% jump in defence spending

China announced on Thursday a planned 7.5 percent boost in defence spending this year, a smaller increase than expected and the first time in more than two decades the jump has been less than double-digits.

China rejects US criticism of its military

China dismissed US accusations that the growth and modernisation of its military poses a threat, saying on Friday that the comments were groundless and irresponsible.