China to increase military spending ‘by about 10 per cent this year’

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Fu Ying, the National People’s Congress spokeswoman, tells this week’s annual plenum that the rise is in line with suggestions by the central authority.

By Teddy Ng
South China Morning Post

China will increase its military budget by about 10 per cent this year, it was announced today.

Fu Ying, the National People’s Congress spokeswoman, told this week’s annual plenum that the rise was in line with suggestions by the central authority.

The mainland increased its military budget by 12.2 per cent last year.

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“China is a big nation that needs to protect its national security,” Fu said during a press conference today.

“Military modernisation is part of the nation’s modernisation drive, and it needs budgetary support.

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