Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the annual session of the China’s top legislature, told a press conference yesterday that the country`s defense budget will grow around 10 percent this year.
Speaking ahead of the Session of the 12th National People’s Congress, Fu Ying said that the exact figures will published in the budget report on Thursday. With the proposed 10 per cent defense growth, China will maintain its multiyear run of double digit increases in defense investment, though the figure is lower than last year`s 12.2 per cent.
She justified the increase by pointing towards the need to modernize China`s army for national security
India plans to launch an “Understanding India” programme in China to “demystify” the country and create a better understanding of it.
Despite being immediate neighbours, India and China lack people-to-people contact and cultural exchange.
Indian Council of Cultural Relations President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who was in Beijing to attend the World Congress of Philosophy, said that by watching Bollywood and reading websites one can know India only superficially.
“India cannot be understood by simply reading books and visiting websites. India is an experience,” Sahasrabuddhe said.
“In most big countries like China, we are trying to have some kind of ‘Understanding India’ programme which will be a structural programme.”
The Rajya Sabha MP said that India was a “riddle” to the people outside because of its diversity and coexistence of masses despite the economic disparity in the country.
“We would like to demystify the idea of India through this programme,” Sahasrabuddhe added.
He also said the Indian cultural centres across the world that don’t have any name will be named after Indian monk Swami Vivekananda.
The cultural centre at the Indian Embassy in Beijing was named after the spiritual leader on Tuesday.
“We respect everybody. There are Nehru centres; there are Mahatma Gandhi centres; there are Tagore centres but there are centres that did not have any names… so we thought it was fit to name all those under Swami Vivekananda because he symbolizes Indian culture in a multiple ways. He is an inspirational hero,” said Sahasrabuddhe.
There are 37 Indian cultural centres in the world. (IANS)