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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi attends a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 9, 2013. Thousands of delegates from across China meet this week to seal a power transfer to new leaders whose first months running the Communist Party have pumped up expectations with a deluge of propaganda. in Beijing on March 6, 2013. China announced a further double-digit rise in its defence budget on March 5, underlining its military ambitions with Beijing embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with its neighbours. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO