China says US report on defence budget plays up 'Chinese military threat'
Published on Jun 6, 2014 2:43 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - China's defence ministry on Friday hit back at a US report which claimed Beijing underestimated its growing defence budget by nearly 20 per cent, state-media said.
In an annual report required by Congress, the Pentagon said that China's defence budget for 2013 was likely nearing US$145 billion (S$180 billion) last year, higher than the officially announced US$119.5 billion.
But China's defence ministry said in a statement that it "resolutely opposes" the report, state-run Xinhua news agency said.
The report "makes pointless accusations, exaggerates the 'Chinese military threat' and is a completely wrong course of action," Xinhua cited the ministry's information office as saying.
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