China's top political advisory body opens annual session

Georg Schaeffler and Elisabeth Schaeffler Thumann

Speaking ahead of Monday's release of China's national budget by parliament, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, who is also parliament's spokesman, declined to provide any guidance on how much defence spending would rise, as has been the custom in recent years the day before the legislature opens.

As Chinese Premier Li Keqiang opens the national parliament's annual session Monday with the release of economic targets, the prospect of a trade clash with the US has emerged as a growing risk.

A reason behind China's reluctance to unveil the growth rate of its military budget this year is that it is trying to avoid the further spread of the "China threat theory", foreign affairs experts said.

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The move to limit steel and aluminum imports by the Trump administration would do a great disservice to multilateral trade mechanisms - such as those set up by the World Trade Organization - and deal a severe blow to existing order in worldwide trade, Wang said. He garnered even more laughs when he quipped: "Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday".

The annual session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, began on Saturday with a clarion call to rally behind the leadership of President Xi Jinping.

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Zhang revealed that the party's Central Committee proposed the constitutional amendments, which include adding Xi 's eponymous political guidelines to the country's charter, in January.

In his memoirs, Zhu Yucheng, former director of the official Xinhua news agency's Hong Kong branch, Beijing's de facto embassy in the city before 1997, said Zhang had "correctly controlled the timing for every single part of the ceremony, which made the handover ceremony very successful".

The proposal sparked off concern and speculation at home and overseas that Xi, heading the CPC and military besides the presidency, who recently began his second five-year term would continue for an unprecedented third term and beyond, wielding unquestionable power exercised by the party founder, Mao Zedong, in the heydays of China's revolution. State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat, also visited Washington in early February.

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Amending the Constitution is a big event in the country's political life and a major legislative activity with wide-ranging implications, he said.

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