Members of a military band prepare to perform at the opening session of the National People's Congress yesterday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP Members of a military band prepare to perform at the opening session of the National People's Congress yesterday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP
Members of a military band prepare to perform at the opening session of the National People's Congress yesterday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP

'China threat' seen as factor as PLA budget growth dips

Military spending to rise by 10.7pc, down from past two years; analysts see a political move to reassure neighbours amid maritime disputes

Members of a military band prepare to perform at the opening session of the National People's Congress yesterday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP Members of a military band prepare to perform at the opening session of the National People's Congress yesterday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP
Members of a military band prepare to perform at the opening session of the National People's Congress yesterday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP
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