China’s People’s Congress increases military spending by 17.6 percent

March 18th, 2008 - 10:56 am ICT by admin  

Beijing, March 18 (DPA) China’s nominal parliament Tuesday adopted a 17.6 percent increase in military spending as part of the annual budget presented by the government at the two-day session. The 3,000 delegates of the National People’s Congress adopted with a majority the report of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, which included a strategy to fight climbing inflation, the budget by the country’s top judicial figure.

The two-day session, which came to an end Tuesday, was overshadowed by the strongest anti-China protests in Tibet in 20 years.

During a rare press conference as the gathering ends, the prime minister was expected to address the unrest, the climbing inflation and the course of the plenary Congress session.

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