US Report on China's Military Reveals its Guilty Conscience
(Source: Global Times; issued Aug 18, 2018)
According to a Pentagon report on China's military and security developments released on Thursday, China is pursuing a nuclear capability of its long-range bombers and the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is likely training for strikes against US and allied targets. The report also claimed that the PLA is also likely preparing a contingency to unify Taiwan with the Chinese mainland by force.

Any army needs to be prepared for the worst scenario that the nation might face. If China releases a report on the US military developments which details US army's attacking ability against China, the report must be even more alarming.

As the world's second largest economy facing significant strategic risks, China will certainly develop its nuclear triad capability. Its nuclear deterrence serves not only as a cornerstone of China's national security but also as a key balance to ensure world peace. The nuclear capability of a big country represents the nation's military strength and its political strength. China's nuclear capability is not designed for use in war but for preventing the possibility of war.

China initially only had land-based nuclear capability before developing nuclear-powered submarines. Replenishing its airborne nuclear capability is only a necessary next step and a direction of nuclear power building for which China does not need to conceal.

The PLA will surely develop its air force with long-range strike capability. The Pentagon suspects that the PLA is training for strikes against US bases in the Pacific region. It shows that the US bases in the region are very likely training for actions against the Chinese mainland and are worried that the bases will face retaliation during wartime.

There are many other countries and targets within the radius of Chinese air force's long-range operations, but none of them show signs of worry. Why is it that only the US bases in the Pacific are worried about PLA's potential threat? The US' guilty conscience is self-evident.

As for reunification of Taiwan with the Chinese mainland by force, it is the last resort of the mainland for solving the Taiwan question but also one of the top strategic tasks of the PLA in its capability building. The prerequisite for peaceful reunification of Taiwan is the mainland's capability of using force to launch the action. Otherwise all wonderful wishes are reduced to empty talk. The more unquestionable the mainland's capability of reunification of Taiwan by force is, the less likely the "Taiwan independence" forces are able to stir trouble. Conversely, "Taiwan independence" forces are likely to take risks. This is evident to the mainland as well as to the US and Taiwan.

In the 21st century, China's top priority is uninterrupted development and realizing rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. It would be perfect for China to avoid war. During the past three decades, China has never had any major military conflict with other countries and regions. It is our hope that peace can continue for another three decades or more. The military capability building of the Chinese mainland is primarily for preventing war.

While China is developing its strategic nuclear capability, the country is also honoring the principle of no first use of nuclear weapons. If all countries that have nuclear weapons announce no first use of nuclear weapons, the world would be different.

The US' technical analysis of the PLA capability is one thing, the Pentagon's publication of the analysis to hype the "China threat" is another. As a big power with by far the biggest defense budget in the world, the US does not hold moral ground allowing it to hype the military threat of other nations. When the US appears so bold to hype the threat, it proves Washington has totally lost its moral high ground and conscience.

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Beijing Opposes Washington's Military Report
(Source: China Daily; issued Aug 20, 2018)
China has voiced strong opposition to a report by the US Defense Department on China's military and security developments, saying it misinterprets China's strategic intentions and hypes a so-called Chinese military threat.

The report, released on Thursday, distorts the relations and situation across the Taiwan Straits, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, in a statement on Friday.

"The release of such reports year after year has harmed the mutual trust, and we ask the United States to abandon the Cold War mindset and adopt an objective and rational attitude toward China's defense and military developments," he said.

China has firmly taken the path of peaceful development and remained a contributor to world peace and international order, Wu said, and its military has borne considerable international peacekeeping and disaster relief responsibilities, earning "universal praise from the international community".

He said China's military modernization is aimed at safeguarding its sovereignty and security, as well as world peace and stability, and the military reform, weapons development and cyberspace defense are justifiable and reasonable.

Wu urged the US to adhere to the one-China policy and the principles of the three joint communiques, and to discreetly deal with Taiwan-related issues.

"It is an ironclad fact that Taiwan is a part of China," he said, "The Chinese military will as always stand firm in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits."

China's activities on islands and reefs in the South China Sea are legitimate in safeguarding national territory and meet people's demand so as to better fulfill its international obligations. China is also committed to resolving disputes peacefully through negotiations with related parties.

The real threat to regional peace and stability is the US sending warplanes and ships to the South China Sea in the name of "freedom of navigation", he said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Saturday that the report ignores and misjudges China's efforts in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty and security interests.

He called on the US to refrain from such irresponsible reports and make efforts to maintain stable growth of relations between the two countries and their militaries.

Teng Jianqun, director of the China Institute of International Studies' Department for US Studies, said the report, like other recent US acts, serves to smear China and depict a "China threat".

"The report is their routine depiction and has its own purpose and strategy," he said.

The annual report generally looks at countries the US thinks could challenge its military dominance, said Li Haidong, a US studies researcher at China Foreign Affairs University.

This year it also touches on such issues as Taiwan and investment security. "And the main reason is that US China policy has undergone some major changes and adjustments," he said.

Li said the US has considered China a strategic competitor since late last year.

"China still stresses equality, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation, but the report defames China in an exaggerated way," Li said.

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