BEIJING, March 5 China will increase
spending on police and other arms of "public security" by 11.5
percent to $111 billion this year, according to figures released
on Monday that showed outlays on domestic law and order again
exceeded the defence budget.
The numbers show how vigilant China's ruling Communist Party
is against unrest, despite robust economic growth and years of
budget rises for law-and-order agencies, which pushed outlays on
them past military outlays for the first time in 2010.
The rise in China's budget for police, state security, armed
militia, courts and jails and other items of "public security"
was unveiled in the Ministry of Finance's report issued at the
start of the annual parliamentary session.
For 2012, China set combined central and local government
spending on "public security" to 701.8 billion yuan ($111.4
billion), compared with 629.3 billion yuan in 2011, when it grew
by nearly 13.8 percent.
China will spend will boost defence spending by 11.2 percent
this year to 670.3 billion yuan ($106.4 billion).
($1 = 6.298 yuan)
(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Ken Wills)