As the Chinese economy became big, its military budget has also expanded enabling research and fielding of state of art weapons including drones of various types and ranges.
Although Chinese economic growth did contribute a lot to Chinese increased military research and weapons development and production, US-China tension has also contributed to the Increased Chinese military modernization drive.
As China’s economic interests Continue to expand overseas, we also expect its military to expand in order to be able to protect China’s economic interests abroad.
We also expect China to continue its military modernization drive as a contest between China and US intensifies throughout this decade and we expect many new types of weapon systems to be developed and deployed in the next few years.
China now is among the top three arms export countries and others include the US and Russia and China’s arms industry is expected to continue growing as many developing countries become its customers due to cheap but comparable high standard hardware that can handle the security challenges of many developing countries.
Today China poses one of the largest fleets of drones in the world serving both military and civilian needs and that fleet which includes reconnaissance drones, attack drones, and communication drones are only expected to expand in the coming decade as drones become the weapon of choice for the military especially to be used in the East China Sea to monitor Japan, Taiwan strait to monitor Taiwan and the South China Sea to monitor US and allied forces not forgetting Indian border.