BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday
voiced its strong dissatisfaction over the new report by the U.S. Defense
Department on China's military strength.
Hu Changming, spokesman of China's Defense Ministry,
said the report severely distorted facts, censured China's legitimate and normal
national defence development, and disseminated the mainland's "so-called
military threat" to Taiwan.
"China is strongly dissatisfied with it and
resolutely opposes it," said Hu. "China unswervingly sticks to a path of
peaceful development and pursues a national defense policy which is purely
defensive in nature."
Hu noted that China is not in an arms race of any
form and constitutes no threat to other countries.
Hu said the report, which continued the dissemination
of the "Chinese military threat" theory and severely distorted facts, was
Hu said Sino-U.S. military ties have not yet
completely moved out the difficult period as many obstructions still await to be
"The report, issued under such circumstance, could
only bring negative influence to the resumption and development of bilateral
"We urge the United States to stop issuing such a
report on China's military strength and immediately take effective measures to
dispel the baneful influence caused by the report so that bilateral military
ties will incur no further damages," Hu added.
The Pentagon on Wednesday released its annual report
about the Chinese military repeating its complaint about "limited transparency."
It questioned the "purposes and objectives" of the People's Liberation Army
WASHINGTON, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Pentagon
released its annual report on the Chinese military power on Wednesday, turning a
blind eye to China's long-held peaceful defense policy and ever increasing
In the largely subjective report with distorted facts
and groundless speculations, the Pentagon alleged that "China continues to
promulgate incomplete defense expenditure figures and engage in actions that
appear inconsistent with its declaratory policies." Full story