Agence France-PresseMarch 6, 2014 08:04
Chinese state media said Thursday the nation's defence budget would keep expanding but was not evidence of a mounting threat, after the government announced a 12.2 percent rise for 2014.
"China has no intention of overturning the current international security pattern," the Global Times, which is close to the ruling Communist Party, said in an editorial. "China will never seek to grab hegemony."
Beijing is embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and other Asian states, and has pursued its claims more assertively in recent years.