Defence spending to increase by 7.5 per cent: China and Pakistan to hold a joint anti-terrorism training exercise: Egypt’s Defence Minister meets PLA Deputy Chief: Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister visits China
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  • A draft budget report indicated that China planned to increase its national defense spending by 7.5 percent to 519.082 billion yuan ($76.3 billion) in 2010. The figure is about 36 billion yuan more than that of last year.1

    The Information Office of the Ministry of National Defense announced that Chinese and Pakistani armies would hold a joint anti-terrorism exercise soon. ‘Friendship-2010’ will be the third in the series of exercises to take place in China.2

    Egypt’s Defence Minister Mohammed Hussein Tantawi met with the visiting PLA Deputy Chief of General Staff Ma Xiaotian on March 3 in Cairo. Gen. Tantawi stated that close bilateral cooperation in military, political and economic fields had contributed to regional stability.3 Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie met with Vietnam’s Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh on March 1.4

    In other developments, a PLA official of the Jinan Military Area Command (MAC) urged the establishment of an integrated equipment system by relying on modern technological means for coastal defense troops.5