China says defense spending poses no threat
Beijing, China said on Monday that its defense spending poses no threat to any other country, adding that it is for safeguarding its national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, Xinhua News Agency reported today.
"China will adhere to the path of peaceful development and adopt a defense policy that is defensive in nature," Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the annual session of the National People's Congress, the country's national legislature, said at a press conference in Beijing.
"Whether a country is a military threat to others or not is not determined by its increase in defense expenditure, but by the diplomatic and national defense policies it adopts," Zhang noted.
"China maintains a reasonable and appropriate growth rate in its defense expenditure to meet its demand in safeguarding national security and military reform with Chinese characteristics," he said.
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