Responding to the US Department of Defense’s annual report to the US Congress on Chinese military capabilities and policies, published earlier this month, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Defence castigated the US, describing it as the main “destroyer of world peace”.
The Pentagon’s report examined the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) technical capabilities, doctrines and the underlying objectives of China’s military modernization and expansion, expressing concern about China’s expanding nuclear arsenal and navy, with particular criticism for what it claimed is China’s lack of disclosure over military policies and strategic objectives.
The report concluded that China’s military modernization will have “serious implications for U.S. national interests and the security of the international rules-based order.”
As reported by AP news, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Defence responded on Sunday, stating that the US is the main “destroyer of world peace” and calling the Pentagon report a “wanton distortion” of China’s intentions. LINK
“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,” the spokesman said, citing US actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other countries over the past two decades which he said have resulted in the deaths of more than 800,000 people and the displacement of millions more.
“Rather than reflecting on itself, the U.S. issued a so-called report that made false comments about China’s normal defence and military construction,” he added. “We call on the U.S. 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.”
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