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China to increase military spending

Published 04/03/2007

China will boost military spending by 17.8 per cent this year, a spokesman for the

country's parliament said today.

The rise in defence spending continues more than a decade of double-digit

annual increases that has stirred unease in Washington and some of China's


Jiang Enzhu said the 350.92 billion yuan (€34 billion) defence budget would

mainly be spent on boosting wages and living allowances for members of the armed

forced and on upgrading armaments "in order to enhance the military's ability

to conduct defensive operations."

Jiang also warned Taiwan's president over moves to formalise independence.

China has previously said that it would use military force if the self-governing

island did try and break away.

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