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‘Formenter of Regional Unrest’: Chinese Military Calls US Biggest Threat to World Peace

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 file picture, Chinese President Xi Jinping is displayed on a display as Type 99A2 Chinese battle tanks participate in a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan’s give up throughout World War II held in entrance of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. Seventy-five years after Japan’s give up in World War II, and 30 years after its financial bubble popped, the emergence of a 21st century Asian energy is shaking up the established order. As Japan did, China is butting heads with the established Western powers, which more and more see its rising financial and army prowess as a risk. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian known as the report a “wanton distortion” of China’s goals and the connection between the People’s Liberation Army and China’s 1.four million folks.

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  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 12:41 PM IST

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China’s Defense Ministry on Sunday blasted a important U.S. report on the nation’s army ambitions, saying it’s the U.S. as a substitute that poses the most important risk to the worldwide order and world peace.

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






Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian known as the report a “wanton distortion” of China’s goals and the connection between the People’s Liberation Army and China’s 1.four million folks.

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

U.S. actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and different international locations over the previous 20 years have resulted within the deaths of greater than 800,000 folks and displacement of tens of millions, Qian stated.

“Rather than reflecting on itself, the U.S. issued a so-called report that made false feedback about China’s regular protection and army building,” he said in the statement. “We call on the U.S. to view China’s national defense 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 Defense Department report examined the PLA’s technical capabilities, doctrines and the final word goals of China’s army buildup. It stated it consists of changing into a “sensible instrument” of China’s statecraft with an active role in advancing Beijing’s foreign policy and “aims to revise aspects of the international order.”

“Certainly, many elements will decide how this course unfolds,” the report said. “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 modernization left unaddressed, will have serious implications for U.S. national interests and the security of the international rules-based order.”

Much of the report was dedicated to analyzing China’s technique towards Taiwan, a U.S. ally which China considers part of its territory to be annexed by power if obligatory. China’s army capabilities dwarf these of the island of 23 million in numerical phrases, though any invasion of Taiwan could be complicated and would carry main political dangers, the report stated.

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

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 stated.

This 12 months’s report comes as relations between Beijing and Washington have hit their lowest ebb in a long time amid simmering disputes over commerce, expertise, Taiwan, human rights and the South China Sea.


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