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China 'will not stop increasing' military spending: Media

Published on Mar 6, 2014 1:54 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese state-run media backed the country's military spending Thursday, after the government announced a 12.2 per cent increase in its defence budget for 2014.

The plans should not be regarded as evidence of a mounting "China threat", newspapers said, arguing that Beijing's steady raises in the defence budget were rooted in a desire for peace rather than conflict.

Beijing is embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and other neighbours, and has pursued its claims more assertively in recent years.

China announced Wednesday, on the opening day of its Communist-controlled National People's Congress (NPC), that it plans to spend 808.23 billion yuan (S$167 billion) on the People's Liberation Army for 2014, in the latest double-digit increase.

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