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Arms Spending May Rise as Beijing Asserts Control in South China Sea

China is expected to increase its military investment in the South China Sea and significantly raise its overall defense spending to affirm its claim to the region. The People's Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN) commissioned a new guided-missile destroyer, Yinchuan, on Tuesday, the day the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague ruled that China's claims to most of the South China Sea are invalid. The tribunal, constituted under the U.N....

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