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China confirms 7% hike in 2017 defence budget

Increase is smallest amount in more than a decade, even as China pledges to strengthen maritime and air defences

Military delegates at the annual meeting of China's parliament.The country's defence spending amounts to only about a quarter of the US defence budget. The White House has proposed a 10 per cent increase in military spending to US$603 billion, China's budget is 1.044 trillion yuan.


CHINESE defence spending will rise this year by the smallest amount in more than a decade, figures published by state media showed on Monday, after the omission of exact figures from an annual budget report sparked questions over transparency.

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