China hit back at a Pentagon report on its rising
military might on Monday, saying it was exaggerated and an interference in
Chinese domestic affairs.
Pentagon report exaggerates China's military strength and expenditure with
ulterior motives," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted in its Web
"It continues spreading the 'China threat' theory, seriously violates the
norms of international relations and is a gross interference in China's internal
affairs," it added. "The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction and
resolute opposition to this."
The U.S. Defense Department report released on Friday said that while Beijing
remained focused on the Taiwan Strait as a potential flashpoint, it also
appeared to be looking to project its growing military strength elsewhere.
Not so, China's foreign ministry said.
"China is a peace-loving country which sticks to a path of peaceful
development and adopts a defensive national defense policy," it said. "The
international community has a fair judgment that China is an important force in
promoting peace in the Asia-Pacific and in the world."
March, China said it would boost defense spending by 17.8 percent to about $45
billion in 2007.
Jiang Yu, spokeswoman of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, speaks at a regular press conference in Beijing in
this May 22, 2007 photo. [fmprc.gov.cn]
"It is the responsibility of any sovereign country to conduct necessary
national defense build-up to safeguard national security and territorial
integrity," the foreign ministry statement added.
"The report's whipping up the 'China threat' theory is completely wrong and
will be in vain."
"Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory and
China firmly opposes any country that interferes in China's internal
affairs through any means," she said.
"The Chinese government adheres to the principles of peaceful reunification
and 'one country, two systems.' We will show our utmost sincerity and do
our best in seeking peaceful reunification of the motherland but we will never
tolerate 'Taiwan independence' and allow any secessionist activities."
"We urge the United States to adhere to the one-China policy adn the
three joint communiques, oppose 'Taiwan independence', stop selling weapons and
sending any wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists," Jiang