Daily Mail

...as China boosts spending


CHINA will boost its military spending by more than 7 per cent this year amid warnings of ‘escalating’ external threats.

At the National People’s Congress annual session yesterday, it was announced that Beijing’s defence budget of around £186billion would be increased to bolster ‘preparedne­ss’.

Outgoing Premier Li Keqiang said ‘external attempts to suppress and contain China are escalating’. He added: ‘The armed forces should intensify military training and preparedne­ss across the board.’

Government spokesman Wang Chao told reporters before that the budget was an ‘appropriat­e and reasonable’ amount.

China’s huge capacity and Russia’s massive expenditur­es of artillery shells and other materiel in its attack on Ukraine have raised concerns that Beijing may provide Moscow with military assistance.

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