Vastavam web: China’s Defense Ministry on Sunday blasted a critical U.S. report on the country’s military ambitions, saying it is the U.S. instead that poses the biggest threat to the international order and world peace.The statement follows the September 2 release of the annual Defense Department report to Congress on Chinese military developments and goals that it said would have serious implications for U.S. national interests and the security of the international rules-based order.
Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian called the report a wanton distortion of China’s aims and the relationship between the People’s Liberation Army and China’s 1.4 billion people. U.S. actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other countries over the past two decades have resulted in the deaths of more than 800,000 people and displacement of millions, Qian said.Rather than reflecting on itself, the U.S. issued a so-called report that made false comments about China’s normal defense and military construction,” 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.” It said it includes becoming a practical 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 factors will determine how this course unfolds,” the report said.Much of the report was devoted to analysing China’s strategy toward Taiwan, a U.S. ally which China considers a part of its territory to be annexed by force if necessary.China’s military capabilities dwarf those of the island of 23 million in numerical terms, although any invasion of Taiwan would be complex and would carry major political risks, the report said.