This means defense spending would account for some 1.3 percent of GDP, the same level as the past few years, Fu said.
By lowering the rate of growth, however, President Xi Jinping is keeping military spending roughly in step with the overall economy and avoiding a costly arms race with the USA following President Donald Trump's proposal last month to do away with previous spending limits and increase the Pentagon budget by about 2% from current levels.
Gen. Wang Hongguang, a retired deputy commander of the former Nanjing Military Command, called for a 12 percent increase of the Chinese defense budget in view of United States defense spending plans.
"Look at the past decade or so, there have been so many conflicts, even wars, around the world resulting in serious, large numbers of casualties and loss of property, so many refugees destitute and homeless", she said.
"As to the future development [of the settlement of these disputes], I think we also need to take into account the intentions on the USA side", she said, calling the United States' actions in the South China Sea a "weather vane" for the region.
Fu Ying, spokesperson for the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) annual session, rubbed it in at a press conference as she pointed out that China will spend just 1.3 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defence compared to a decision by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to invest 2 percent of GDP for the objective.
Though analysts argue that the real figure could be much higher, the actual number will be released when China's largely rubber stamp parliament begins its session on Sunday.
"It's not enough", a source with ties to senior Chinese officers told Reuters.
But Fu dismissed such concerns.
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The CPPCC official said China's Belt and Road Initiative is advancing steadily and bringing investments and jobs to participating countries.
A larger increase of China's defence budget was also expected as President Xi Jinping has announced plans to upgrade weapons and transform the People's Liberation Army into a smaller but more nimble fighting force. At the same time we need the ability to safeguard our sovereignty and interests and...
"The future trend will depend on USA intentions in the region".
Fu did not specify what "meddling" she was referring to, but Beijing's increasingly assertive stance towards its claims in the South China Sea and East China Sea have stirred alarm in the region and prompted criticism from Washington.
China is also dealing with increased tensions in the Korean Peninsula, where the US and South Korea are preparing to deploy a missile-defence system that China has long criticized.
"There was a view that China would increase its defence budget in line with the rise of the defence budget in the United States", he said.
China's Defense Ministry has said it is monitoring the ongoing Vinson-led operations - the first in the waterway under the Trump administration.
Trump has proposed increasing America's defense and security spending by $54 billion while putting the budgets of other lower-priority government agencies on the chopping block. "There is a huge gap between China and the United States in capability".
During an interview with David Rubenstein on his Bloomberg Television show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations, the media mogul said, after Trump's victory, she now sees it a possibility to run for U.S. presidency.
The ride sharing company has selected former USA law chief Eric Holder to conduct an "independent" probe on Fowler's claims. The discussion revolved around the company's move to lower Uber prices, which Kamel argued that it hurts drivers .
Charles played in three games for the Chiefs in 2016 before being sidelined with yet another knee injury. The Chiefs reportedly have signed All-Pro safety Eric Berry to a six-year deal worth almost $78 million.
The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website . Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 738,907 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $21,842,090.92.
The operations were carried out in Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Hafizabad, Kabirwala, Chiniot and other parts of the country. Four terrorists got killed in exchange of fire while over 600 suspects including a few Afghans were apprehended.
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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the raid in an appearance Sunday on ABC's "This Week". President Donald Trump during the transfer of his son's body back to his home state of Delaware.
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