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Fu Ying, spokesperson for the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress, answered questions from reporters both Chinese and foreign at a press conference on Friday, one day before the top legislature starts its 2016 session. Here are some of the highlights.

 

Philanthropy

"China has long tradition of helping the unprivileged. Chinese people are getting rich and many people and companies are willing to donate a part of their wealth to help people in need," Fu said.

The amount of donation by social entities and individuals in 2014 reached 100 billion yuan ($15 billion), a big rise from the 10 billion yuan in 2004.

Philanthropy is developing fast in China and the nation aims to standardize it through a charity law.

Military spending

China will raise its defense budget by around 7 to 8 percent this year, compared with an increase of 10.1 percent last year.

The increase is in line with China's national defense need and fiscal revenue, said Fu Ying.

South China Sea

It is United States that is militarizing the South China Sea, said Fu Ying.

She said that currently most of the advanced aircraft and warships passing through the South China Sea belong to the United States.

According to its strategy of pivot to Asia-Pacific, the United States has decided to deploy a larger part of its naval force to this region, and is also strengthening military presence in the Asia Pacific region with its allies, said Fu.

Most of Chinese lawmakers and ordinary people are not pleased and do not agree with the US showing off its military power by sending warships to waters close to the South China Sea islands and reefs.

The United States said it did not take sides in the South China Sea disputes, however, its acts and rhetoric make people feel that it is raising tensions in the region, Fu said.

Wrongly accusing China's militarization in the waters is a hegemonic act in language, which will also mislead the situation, said Fu.

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