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Despite some positive signs, Pentagon report on China still makes much ado about nothing

English.news.cn   2011-08-25 12:52:50 FeedbackPrintRSS

by Yu Zhixiao

BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Pentagon, despite striking some positive notes, once again trumped up the notion of "China Threat" when it presented an annual report on the Chinese military to the Congress Wednesday.

The report, positively, recognized China has made "modest, but incremental, improvements in the transparency of its military and security affairs," but, as expected, it exaggerated the threat incurred by China's military development in 2010 to the Asia-Pacific region.

For many in China, it is weird that the Pentagon, whose expenditures reached nearly 700 billion U.S. dollars and accounted for over an appalling 40 percent of the world's total in 2010, routinely points its finger at China, whose military only spends a small fraction of what the Pentagon consumes every year.

It is more baffling when it claimed the Chinese military imposed ascendant threat to regional stability.

This well exemplified the saying that "one man may steal a horse while another may not look over a hedge."

China, which has adhered to a defensive military policy, with its rising economic clout and sprawling commercial and strategic interests around the world, has every right to build a competent military.

More importantly, this would be conducive to regional and world peace and stability.

The report took issue with China's aircraft carrier under construction, first stealth fighter jet in development, operational anti-ship ballistic missile, among others.

The so-called advanced weapons, which seemingly are taken seriously and cited as the latest examples of the ever expanding "ominous" Chinese military by some in the Pentagon, actually have been owned by some countries years or even decades ago and are not "new faces" at all.

On Wednesday, a high-ranking U.S. military officer, prematurely, and maybe ridiculously, asserted an expanded Chinese naval presence would have "implications for regional rivalries and power dynamics."

The allegation is an utterly cock-and-bull story about the Chinese military based on a wild guess and illogical reasoning.

China has all along stuck to a self-defensive military policy, and hasn't dispatched a single combat soldier overseas in the past two decades.

It is in China's fundamental interests to maintain and strengthen current peaceful and friendly external circumstances, under which the Chinese people are breaking their backs to develop the economy, improve their living conditions and shrug off poverty.

China has no intention or interest to beget any enemies or antagonistic rivals in the world.

Since the beginning of this year, China and the United States have kept positive military exchanges. Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met his U.S. counterpart Robert Gates respectively in January and June. Chen Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army visited the United States in May, while his U.S. counterpart Mike Mullen conducted a reciprocal trip to China two months later.

The two countries should cherish their hard-won improved bilateral ties, particularly the military relations, instead of blaming and smearing each other.

Friendly exchanges and mutual trust between the two militaries will serve as a staunch cornerstone for peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific and the world at large.

Editor: Chen Zhi
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