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China People's Congress

China flexes muscles with military budget hike

With eye on US, Beijing is building aircraft carriers and long-range missiles

China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier departs Dalian in this 2018 photograph.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's message in boosting its military budget again this year is clear to international observers.

"Listen, we are China, a superpower. Don't mess with us," said Siemon Wezeman, a senior researcher in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's arms and military expenditure program, of the 7.5% increase.

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