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Along with eco rise, China also focused on military modernisation: Rawat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Bipin today lauded China's prowess, saying the neighbouring country, along with its economic rise, also focused on modernisation.

"They have arrived well before the intended time than we had thought they would arrive," said at an event organised by the Foundation.

Last week, unveiled its largest defence spending increase in three years, setting an 8.1 per cent growth target this year, fuelling an ambitious modernisation programme and making its neighbours nervous.

Today, is the second largest economy in the world.

"While ensured that their economy must rise, they did not forget the rise of their military power.

"They ensured that while their economy was developing the military power must rise simultaneously and that is why they are strong today in the international world order challenging the might of the of America, which was until now the sole security provider," he said.

said the world looks at as a country that can balance the rise of China in the region as it was showing its "assertiveness".

Rawat also said strong economic growth is only possible with a strong defence.

"We cannot become the net security provider if the economy does not keep pace with the changes," Rawat said.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 00:45 IST