US accusation against China groundless: FM spokesman

Updated: 2012-01-09 20:21

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BEIJING - China on Monday said an accusation against itself in a strategic defense guidance released by the US Department of Defense is "groundless and untrustworthy."

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin made the remarks at a press conference, adding that China's strategic intent is clear, open and transparent.

The US on Thursday unveiled a revised national defense strategy, vowing to strengthen the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region despite fiscal constraints.

The document says China needs to clarify its strategic intent as its military power grows.

"China's national defense modernization serves the objective requirements of its national security and development, and it is a positive factor in maintaining regional peace and stability," Liu said, adding that the modernization will not pose any threat to any country.

China follows a path of peaceful development, adheres to an independent foreign policy of peace and pursues a defense policy which is defensive in nature, Liu said.

"The accusation against China in this document is groundless and untrustworthy," Liu said, noting China will study the document in depth.

Maintaining peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region is in line with the interest of all countries in this region, Liu said.

"We hope the US side will play a more constructive role in this regard," he added.