Q: The US Department of Defense issued a report of Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2015, which once again plays up “China’s military threat and the lack of transparency in military strength”, and expresses concerns about China’s military development. It also accuses China of destabilizing the region by taking relevant actions in the South China Sea. What is your comment?

A: The US report makes willful speculations and comments on China’s military growth in defiance of the facts. By hyping up “China’s military threat and the lack of transparency in military strength”, the report questions China’s normal defense building and strategic intention,and makes inappropriate remarks on China’s justified actions of safeguarding territorial sovereignty and security interests in the South China Sea. The Chinese side hereby voices strong opposition to this.

China unswervingly follows the path of peaceful development and a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, and remains a staunch force in maintaining peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific and the world. China’s national defense building, a right China is entitled to as a sovereign state, is for the sole purpose of safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is hoped that the American side would abandon the cold-war mentality, view China’s military development with objectiveness and reason instead of prejudices, stop issuing such kind of report or doing and saying anything that jeopardizes bilateral relations and military-to-military mutual trust, and make tangible moves to ensure the sound and steady development of state-to-state and military-to-military relations between China and the US.

By Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Republic of China

Source: http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2015_China_Military_Power_Report.pdf