China’s leaders face major decisions on reform at annual National People’s Congress

By William Wan, March 5, 2014

BEIJING — China’s military spending will increase by 12.2 percent this year, officials announced Wednesday at an annual meeting of top government leaders.

The budgeted $131.56 billion in spending comes after a year in which new Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated considerable power domestically and adopted an aggressive posture in foreign policy, particularly in territorial conflicts with neighbors.

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