Deputies to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) gathered Sunday morning at a preparatory meeting to elect the presidium and set the agenda for the first session of the 13th NPC scheduled to begin on Monday.
US Representative Ro Khanna, a Democrat, said on Twitter that "whether this was a joke or not, talking about being president for life like Xi Jinping is the most un-American sentiment expressed by an American president".
Since he took over power, Trump has been pressuring China to step up measures to reduce trade deficit and expand United States exports and investments.
The two-week NPC session usually does little lawmaking work.
China spent $151 billion on the PLA a year ago, the second largest defence budget in the world but still four times less than the $603 billion USA outlay, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank.
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"Countries around the world adjust their defence budget according to their defence needs and their level of economic development". It comes amid a marathon campaign to nurture self-sustaining growth based on domestic consumption instead of trade and investment and to rein in surging debt that prompted ratings agencies to cut Beijing's government credit rating a year ago.
The defence budget of the USA which is the highest in the world amounted to Dollars 602.8 billion.
Chinese Navy also expanded its global reach with flotilla ships sailing through the far-off oceans to expand China's influence.
"In recent years, China has increased the inputs of defence by a modest margin".
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A large part of the increased spending is for upgrading equipment, supporting military reforms and improving the welfare and training conditions of servicemen and women, Chen said. Analysts view these steps as equally significant as the removal of term limits in their impact on Chinese politics.
Trump also complained about the trade deficit, attributing it to "our "very stupid" trade deals and policies".
During the talks, Liu called for concerted efforts to expand economic and trade cooperation, as well as to settle hard issues and seek a dynamic balance in bilateral economic and trade ties.
To provide strong legal support, the NPC Standing Committee has made decisions to ratify treaties and agreements signed between China and countries along the Belt and Road routes, according to Zhang.
A top Chinese official called Saturday for continued efforts to rally non-mainland ethnic Chinese, including those overseas, around the country's national interests and help realize President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" of national rejuvenation.
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"These trends should be deeply concerning to the Asia-Pacific region and beyond", he said.