China's Defense Ministry slams Pentagon's military power report
Updated 22:51, 05-Nov-2021

The Pentagon's recent report on China's military power disregards facts and is filled with bias, China's Ministry of National Defense said on Friday.

China has expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the report, and lodged stern representations with the U.S. side, Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the ministry said. 

The report fabricated the so-called Chinese military threat, made groundless accusations on China's nuclear arsenal, and interfered in China's internal affairs including Taiwan question, Wu said in a statement. 

China is committed to a defense policy that is defensive in nature and a military strategy of active defense, said Wu, adding that China's military development is aimed at safeguarding the country's sovereignty, security and development interests and crushing any attempts to jeopardize regional peace, stability and prosperity.

"It does not target any country, nor does it pose a threat to any other country," Wu said.

According to Wu, the Chinese military has actively served to build a community of shared future for mankind, and actively provided the international community with public security products such as peacekeeping, escort, anti-epidemic, and humanitarian relief.

Both history and reality prove that the development of the Chinese army brings security rather than threats and opportunities rather than challenges to the world, said the spokesperson. 

The U.S. side has accelerated the development of military forces in nuclear, space, cyber warfare, hypersonic technology and other fields in recent years, Wu pointed out, adding the U.S. is artificially creating a serious risk of nuclear proliferation.

On the issue of territorial sovereignty and disputes over maritime rights and interests, Wu stressed that China's position is clear and unambiguous.

"The Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands are an inseparable part of China's territory, and China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters"

Wu reiterated that there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China.

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