A soldier of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) stands guard as paramilitary policemen march past in front of the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A soldier of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) stands guard as paramilitary policemen march past in front of the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

China's armed police are seen outside the Great Hall of the People. Beijing says its defense budget is 1.1 trillion yuan this year, but it tends to 'cook the books' when it comes to actual outlays. Photo: AFP

March 14, 2016 10:30 AM (UTC+8)