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China presses on with defense buildup as US tensions grow

Boost amid falling revenue reflects aggressive diplomatic posture

China has been racing to develop advanced weaponry.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China announced on Friday a 6.6% increase in annual defense spending to 1.27 trillion yuan ($178 billion) even with its economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, in a move that risks further escalating tensions with the U.S.

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