China’s national legislature declined to announce the country’s 2013 defence budget at a press conference on Monday, in a departure from normal practice the day before its annual session opens.
Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the National People’s Congress (NPC), which begins on Tuesday, responded with frustration when she was asked about military spending at a press conference where in recent years the budget has been revealed.
“It seems China has to explain every year to the outside world why we should strengthen national defence and why we should increase the military budget,” Fu said. Read more…
Source: South China Morning Post