Chinese army calls US largest menace to world peace

Beijing, September 13

China’s Defence Ministry on Sunday blasted a important US report on the nation’s army ambitions, saying it’s the US as an alternative that poses the most important menace to the worldwide order and world peace.

The assertion follows the September 2 launch of the annual Defence Department report back to Congress on Chinese army developments and objectives that it mentioned would have “serious implications for US national interests and the security of the international rules-based order”.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian referred to as the report a “wanton distortion” of China’s goals and the connection between the People’s Liberation Army and China’s 1.four billion folks.

“Many years of evidence shows that it is the US that is the fomenter of regional unrest, the violator of the international order and the destroyer of world peace,” he mentioned.

The US actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and different nations over the previous 20 years had resulted within the deaths of greater than 8,00,000 folks and displacement of thousands and thousands, Qian mentioned.

“Rather than reflecting on itself, the US issued a so-called report that made false comments about China’s normal defence and military construction,” he mentioned within the assertion.

“We call on the US to view China’s national defence and military construction objectively and rationally, cease making false statements and related reports, and take concrete actions to safeguard the healthy development of bilateral military relations.”

Running to greater than 150 pages, the Defence Department report examined the PLA’s technical capabilities, doctrines and the last word goals of China’s army build-up. It mentioned it consists of changing into a “practical instrument” of China’s statecraft with an energetic position in advancing Beijing’s international coverage and “aims to revise aspects of the international order”.

“Certainly, many factors will determine how this course unfolds,” the report mentioned. “What is certain is that (the ruling Communist Party) has a strategic end state that it is working towards, which, if achieved and its accompanying military modernisation left unaddressed, will have serious implications for US national interests and the security of the international rules-based order.”

Much of the report was dedicated to analysing China’s technique towards Taiwan, a US ally which China considers part of its territory to be annexed by pressure if crucial. China’s army capabilities dwarf these of the island of 23 million in numerical phrases, though any invasion of Taiwan can be advanced and would carry main political dangers, the report mentioned.

It additionally checked out areas the place the 2 million-member PLA, the world’s largest standing army, has overtaken the US, together with within the dimension of its navy, now the world’s largest with roughly 350 ships and submarines in comparison with round 293 for the US.

China has additionally constructed a substantial arsenal of land-based ballistic and cruise missiles and has one of many world’s largest forces of superior long-range surface-to-air techniques, the report mentioned.

This yr’s report comes as relations between Beijing and Washington have hit their lowest ebb in many years amid simmering disputes over commerce, expertise, Taiwan, human rights and the South China Sea. AP

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