China allowed foreign reporters into a military camp on Monday in a bid to reassure the West that it has nothing to fear from the country's expanding armed forces, Reuters reported. "I don't know what anyone has to worry about," said Zhang Qingjiang, a senior colonel at the Unit 196 base in Tianjin that the reporters visited. "I think we're very transparent. I can tell you all the numbers for this base, including how much I earn." In March, Beijing announced it would increase defense spending by 17.8% to around US$45 billion in 2007, although a Pentagon report published in May said total military-related spending could amount to more than double that. Wu Yuzhang, a senior colonel and official at the Defense Ministry's Foreign Affairs Department, said more would be done to ensure "that people don't get inaccurate information from some other media outlets." The People's Liberation Army is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.