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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

…Expand from Asia to Africa.

"The world's biggest military is about to grow. Beijing announced last week it would increase military spending by about 7 percent, totaling about $147 USD billion. Beijing also plans to increase its marine corps by 400 percent in a bid to expand the nation's economic and military influence across Asia and into Africa, according to News Corp. Australian Network. With 2,3 million soldiers, Chinese leaders already command the largest standing army on the planet.

The initiative is reportedly part of China's "One Belt, One Road" campaign. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in 2013 that the country would invest in historic "Silk Road" trade routes across the continent of Asia to Europe and Africa. China has since reportedly decided to increase the presence of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the Indian Ocean to protect intercontinental maritime links…"
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