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China to increase defense spending by 7.2%

China’s air power exhibits off its L15 Falcon coach on the Zhuhai Air Present in 2022. The nation has a deal to export the plane to the United Arab Emirates.

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BEIJING — China is ready to extend protection spending this yr by 7.2% to 1.56 trillion yuan ($230 billion), based on a draft launched Sunday by the Ministry of Finance.

China’s protection funds grew by 7.1% final yr to 1.45 trillion yuan, sooner than the 6.8% enhance in 2021 and 6.6% climb in 2020, based on official information.

In 2019, China’s protection spending rose by 7.5% to 1.19 trillion yuan.

In a separate report Sunday about authorities work, Premier Li Keqiang didn’t point out the Russia-Ukraine struggle. “We should always keep dedicated to an unbiased overseas coverage of peace,” the report stated.

The work report referred to as for “resolute steps to oppose ‘Taiwan independence'” whereas sticking to Beijing’s name for “peaceable reunification.”

Taiwan is a democratically dominated self-governed island that Beijing claims is a part of its territory.