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China's military budget will increase by 17.8% in 2007, the spokesman for the National People's Congress has said.
Jiang Enzhu said that military spending next year would amount to 350.92bn yuan, an increase of 52.99bn yuan.
The rise was announced the day before Chinese lawmakers were due start their annual parliamentary session.
Mr Jiang said the money would be used to increase wages for military personnel and to upgrade weapons, but gave no further details.
China says its military budget rose by 14.7% last year to $36.6bn