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China's defense budget to grow 14.9% in 2009

By (Xinhua)
Updated: 2009-03-04 11:38

BEIJING  -- China plans to increase its defense budget by 14.9 percent in 2009, a parliament spokesman said here on Wednesday.

The planned defense budget is 480.686 billion yuan, Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), told a press conference.

An editorial of the People's Daily has called on China's top political advisory body to made due contributions to help the country weather through difficulties.