Defense budget to be raised by 10 percent
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.