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China Says Defense Budget to Rise

March 4, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will raise its heavily scrutinized defense spending by nearly a fifth this year, a top official said on Tuesday, warning self-ruled Taiwan that Beijing would “tolerate no division.”

China's national flag flutters in the background as a soldier ...
China’s national flag flutters in the background as a soldier sits on top of a tank during a military exercise in 2007. China said Tuesday its defence spending would jump 17.6 percent this year but insisted the rise was moderate, amid a flare-up in tensions with the United States over Beijing’s growing military muscle.
(AFP/File/Maxim Marmur)

Jiang Enzhu, spokesman for China’s National People’s Congress, or parliament, stressed that China adhered to a path of peaceful development and said the money would be used to raise the pay of service personnel, improve training and upgrade military equipment.

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