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The statement was released by Reuters and comes after China has suffered a number of attacks over the secretive states handling of the coronavirus crisis and the situation in Hong Kong.
China last week announced it was increasing its military spending by six percent, taking the annual budget to £146bn.
State media reported today Xi Jinping stressed China would strengthen its armed forces while still controlling coronavirus.
The country is on the brink of a trade war with Australia after it refused to back down on demands for an inquiry into how coronavirus emerged in China and how the Government controlled its spread.
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