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Graphic shows global military expenditure from 1998 to 2015, and top spenders in 2015

Graphic shows global military expenditure from 1998 to 2015, and top spenders in 2015

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Graphic shows global military expenditure from 1998 to 2015, and top spenders in 2015

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase since 2011, driven by Middle East conflicts including the battle against Isis and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

However military spending in China will rise by the lowest amount in six years amid slowing economic growth and a 300,000 cut in troop numbers.

For most years since 2000, China posted double-digit increases in military spending, and this will be only the third time in that period with a single-digit increase, including 2010's increase of 7.5%.

Belfast Telegraph