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China defends heavy defence spending, hints at further rise

Beijing

China, the world’s second largest military spender after the US, defended its massive allocation on security on Monday and hinted at raising it further this year, saying the country did not pose any “threat” to others.

China last year increased its defence budget by 8.1 per cent, taking its declared defence spending to a whopping USD 175 billion which was over three times that of India’s.

The details of the exact amount were expected to be announced by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday in his work report to the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC).

However, NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui in his preparatory media conference on Monday put up a staunch defence to China’s continued heavy spending on defence, saying it is still less compared to other “major developing countries” military expenditure.

“Whether a country is a military threat to others or not is not determined by its increase in defence expenditure, but by the foreign and national defence policies it adopts,” Zhang said.