De­fense bud­get to be raised by 10 per­cent

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China will raise its de­fense bud­get by around 10 per­cent this year, the low­est in five years, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

Fu Ying, spokes­woman for the 12th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, said China needs strong armed forces that can safe­guard its na­tional se­cu­rity and peo­ple.

“Lag­ging be­hind leaves one vul­ner­a­ble to at­tacks. That is a les­son we have learned from his­tory,” she said. “Fi­nan­cial sup­port is es­sen­tial for the mod­ern­iza­tion of China’s na­tional de­fense and the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.”

China’s de­fense bud­get rose by 12.2 per­cent last year, rid­ing on a mul­ti­year run of dou­ble-digit in­creases.

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