Numbers: Mar. 19, 2007

17.8% Percentage the Chinese military budget will rise this year, to just under $45 billion, which prompted the U.S. to call for the Chinese government to be clearer about the scope and intent of its rapid arms buildup

$481.4 billion Proposed U.S. Defense Department budget for the next fiscal year; China argues it spends only a fraction of what the U.S. spends

85.5 Years of life expectancy for Japanese women in 2005, up by nearly a year from 2000 and longest in the world

33.2 Years of life expectancy for women in Swaziland, where the HIV infection rate is nearly 40%...

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