China’s True Defense Spending Likely Double the Reported Figure
China spends $700 billion on its military per year, according to testimony delivered on September 19 by United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The figure, based on U.S. intelligence estimates, is more than twice the $300 billion China claims it spends on the military.
America spends $900 billion on defense, about 3 percent of its gross domestic product. China spends around 4 percent of its gdp on its military.
Apples to oranges: A Chinese military dollar goes much further than an American one. Because wages in China are low and its military is comprised partly of conscripts, it pays soldiers a fraction of what America pays.
While Washington pays troops an average of $2,010 per month, Beijing pays as little as $108. The U.S. also allocates a significant portion of its budget toward costly research endeavors and the development of cutting-edge technologies. In contrast, China’s dollars are spent more efficiently, in part by stealing and replicating Western kit that has already been proved effective.
Rising superpower: The Trumpet has forecast for years that China will rise to superpower status. This defense spending figure shows events are moving in that direction, aligning with Bible prophecy.
Ezekiel 38 prophesies about “Gog” and “the land of Magog.” Bible scholars generally agree that Gog is modern Russia and Magog includes modern China.
In his booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia,’ Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry proves Russia and China will be the two major actors in the rising “kings of the east” mentioned in Revelation 16:12. This Asian conglomerate will eventually amass a military of 200 million soldiers (Revelation 9:16).
Learn more: Read The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’