China’s military as a “world-class army” has had a longing desire to rebuild since the mid-19th century when the country lost almost every war it fought.
Compared to the United States, China’s expenditure on military remains low, with approximately only one-third of the United States’ expenditure. However, we have seen steady growth for over 30 years now.
A few pending issues are creating nervousness in the region, such as the current dispute on the South China sea. Nevertheless, analysts doubt that this is a serious threat to the region and regard it more as an intention to protect themselves. Probably, in the long run, this will bring a shift on China’s neutrality in the international relations sphere.