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China outlines plan to raise navy's capability

China has outlined a plan to boost the capability of its navy amid tension over disputed areas of the South China Sea.

China pledged to increase its "open seas protection" in a policy document issued by the State Council.

Across Asia, billions of dollars are being spent on defence - and the budgets are growing.

In South East Asia, annual defence spending is projected to reach $52bn (£33bn) by 2020 from an expected $42bn this year.

Paul Burton, the director of defence analysis at IHS Jane's explained the key points in the latest military strategy document from China.

  • 27 May 2015
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