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PHOTO GALLERY: China - The biggest increase in military budget




In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, military delegates wearing face masks march by Tiananmen Square as they arrive to attend the opening session of China s National People s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 5, 2023. China on Sunday announced a 7.2 increase in its defense budget for the coming year, up slightly from last year s 7.1 rate of increase.

A Chinese soldier stand guard near Mao Zedong s mausoleum outside the Great Hall of the People on the eve of the opening session of the annual meeting of China s National People s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Saturday, March 4, 2023. Increases in China s defense budget have been appropriate and reasonable and are aimed at meeting complex security challenges, a spokesperson for the country s rubber-stamp parliament said Saturday.

Delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People on the eve of the opening session of the annual meeting of China s National People s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Saturday, March 4, 2023.

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands on duty outside the Great Hall of the People on the eve of the opening session of the annual meeting of China s National People s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Chinese paramilitary policemen march across Tiananmen Square near the Great Hall of the People where the annual Congress will be held in Beijing, Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Chinese military female officers take photos on Tiananmen Square outside the Great Hall of the People on the eve of the opening session of the annual meeting of China s National People s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Saturday, March 4, 2023.