There is nothing new in the Pentagon's annual report to the US Congress on
China's military capabilities except that it attempts to overplay the so-called
"China threat", an analyst said yesterday.
The US Defense Department report unveiled on Friday said that while Beijing
had maintained its traditional focus on the Taiwan Straits, it also seemed to be
looking at projecting its growing military strength beyond the island of Taiwan.
"Analysis of China's military acquisitions and strategic thinking suggests
Beijing is also generating capabilities for other regional contingencies, such
as conflict over resources or territory," the report said.
Yi, director of the Institute of Strategic Studies under the National Defense
University of China, said the reports' authors seem to have forgotten that the
United States maintains a military presence in regions far beyond its
territorial boundary. "While intervening in China's internal affairs, the
commanding tone of the report displays more bias than reason," Yang said.
He said China is an independent nation, and is not obliged to seek permission
from any other country to develop its military capability to match the size of
its territory, population and national economic strength.
As a responsible member of the international community, China has made the
purpose of its military budget clear, said Yang, noting that peaceful
development is a promise that China has made to the entire world. But peaceful
development does not clash with a nation's need to build up its defensive
military capability, he added.
The Pentagon is in no position to decide how strong a specific country's
military ought to be, he said.
(China Daily 05/28/2007 page2)