Chinese military not a threat, NPC spokesman says

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China's Communist Party has long claimed sovereignty over the self-governing island of Taiwan - and a degree of authority over all ethnic Chinese, regardless of nationality - but its attitude toward the Chinese diaspora has been a source of growing friction with foreign governments over the past year.

The annual CPPCC meeting runs concurrently with the two-week session of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp parliament.

The annual session of the CPPCC will begin on March 4.

Zhang's comments follow a high-profile visit to the US last week by Liu He, the top economic advisor to present Xi Jinping, apparently aimed at defusing tensions surrounding bilateral trade disputes.

Beijing, Mar 2 Characterising China as a "sharp power" by some western countries is a new version of bias and hype to project "China as threat", a Chinese official said today. The trade deficit for the U.S. amounted to over $370 billion a year ago.

Zhang did not address the question of numbers, saying instead that past increases by a "modest margin" had gone to equipment upgrades, training and improving welfare and living conditions for troops.

"China's development will not pose a threat to other countries".

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"China proceeds from a defense policy that is defensive in nature".

The remark comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORElast week said he would slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a move that shook both Washington, D.C. and the global markets.

Steel and aluminum imports into the United States are mostly used to produce low- and medium-tech products for civilian consumers, posing no harm to USA national security, according to Wang Hejun, head of the Remedy and Investigation Bureau of China's Ministry of Commerce.

"What's alarming is not the non-reporting of largely fictitious defence spending figures so much as the Chinese leadership is shedding even the pretense of being open about its military plans", Jennings said in an email to The Associated Press.

A Chinese parliamentary spokesman said Sunday a proposed removal of the country's presidential term limit is in line with the way the ruling Communist Party and a top military body are already being governed.

He said policy communication is going deeper, cooperation mechanisms are being strengthened and collaboration on the ground is unfolding across the board.

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