China hits out at Pentagon report

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  1. Rashna

    Rashna Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 26, 2015
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    China hits out at Pentagon report

    BEIJING: China today slammed a Pentagon report on its military development and security, calling on the US to have "an objective and rational understanding" of China's military strength.

    "We urge the US to abandon its Cold War mindset, take off its coloured glasses, and have an objective and rational understanding of China's military development," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, referring to the report released on Saturday by the US Department of Defence.

    She called on the US to stop issuing such biased report and refrain from any words and deeds that undermine bilateral relations and trust between the two military so as to maintain the healthy and stable growth of military relationship.

    In its annual report, the Pentagon said that China has significantly increased its defence budget over the past several decades and now has reached a position to pose threat to the American national security interest in the region.

    It said China's official defence budget last year was $136.3 billion while that of India was $38.2 billion.

    The report also said that "Pakistan remains China's primary customer for conventional weapons."

    Hua expressed "strong opposition" to the US report, which ignores facts, make speculations and continues to play up the so-called China threat and lack of military transparency and casts doubts on China's normal defense building and strategic plan, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

    She particularly criticised the report for pointing finger at China's moves to protect territorial sovereignty and security interests in the South China Sea.

    She reiterated China's adherence to a peaceful development path and defensive military strategy, which is a firm force in maintaining peace and stability in Asia-Pacific and the world at large.

    China's defence building is aimed at safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is entitled to every sovereign state, Hua added.

    The report also drew criticism from China's Defence Ministry, with spokesperson Geng Yansheng warning that China will make further response accordingly.

    Uncle Sam and Chinese dragon at each others' throats now. The Chinese military budget and supply of arms to Pakistan are a cause of concern to India. China's designs are becoming clear day after day and it seems all Uncle Sam can do is print reports which people might start trashing soon!
  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    China's reaction is natural.

    They would be livid if their hegemonic pursuits are called to account.

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