European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker said that the trade restrictions were a "blatant intervention" for the sole objective of protecting the USA industry.
Beijing will spend 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion) on its military, according to a budget report presented before the opening session of the annual National People's Congress, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The proposal has sparked off concern and speculation at home and overseas that the 64-year-old Xi, who heads the CPC and military besides the presidency and recently began his second five-year term, would continue for an unprecedented third term and beyond, wielding unquestionable power exercised by the party founder Mao Zedong in the heyday of China's revolution.
The largely rubber-stamp parliament, known as the National People's Congress, is stacked with those who follow the word of the central leadership to the letter. "We have our own history and own systems and institutions", he told Reuters ahead of the session beginning.
All these concrete results fully demonstrate that the initiative has really responded to the trend for win-win cooperation and the shared aspiration for common development, he said.
China on Monday announced the largest increase in three years to its defense budget, saying it would spend 8.1 percent more than the previous year as the country continues a push to modernize its military and expand its air and naval capabilities. In the audio recording, Mr. Trump is heard to say, "He's now president for life, president for life".
When NPC secretary-general Wang Chen read out constitutional changes to remove term limits, the audience applauded. "It reflects the will of the people".
"This amendment does not mean changes in the system of retirement for party and state leaders and also does not imply that leaders will have lifetime tenure".
While these remarks were likely made in jest (they were just a part of a lengthy conversation peppered with jokes) and drew laughter from those in the room, Trump finding humor in the idea of staying in power for life caused critics to state their consternation. The Communist Party announced the planned amendment February 25, in a surprising break with succession practices set up after Mao Zedong's fraught tenure.
Of course, the hope was that as China grew more prosperous it would also become more democratic. "Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday", Trump said as supporters cheered and applauded.
"How can the China dream be realised if nobody listens to him?" Song, from central Henan province, said, adding that he believed that Xi should remain president "forever".