Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense. (Photo/mod.gov.cn)
China has expressed its strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to the United States Department of Defense's latest report on China's military and security developments, saying the recently released report disregarded the facts and fabricated falsehoods.
Ministry of National Defense spokesman Wu Qian said on Wednesday the report distorted China's national defense policy and military strategy, exaggerated and sensationalized the nonexistent "China military threat", and speculated about China's military development in areas such as nuclear capabilities, space and cyberspace.
It also interfered in China's internal affairs on the Taiwan question, he said, adding that China had made solemn representations to the U.S. side to express its opposition.
Wu said China adhered to a path of peaceful development and pursued a defensive national defense policy, never bullying the weak with its strength.
"Since the founding of the People's Republic of China more than 70 years ago, China has never initiated a war or occupied a single inch of other countries' territory," he said.
He criticized the U.S. for its "addiction to war", pointing out that in its more than 240-year history, the U.S. has only been at peace for 16 years.
"The U.S. has established over 800 overseas military bases in more than 80 countries and regions, from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Syria to Libya," he said.
Wherever the U.S. war machine went, the local people were plunged into "deep water and scorching fire", Wu said, citing examples of the U.S. sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine, the Mediterranean, and Israel.
"Facts have proved that the U.S. is the fundamental source of international disorder and the biggest disrupter of regional peace and stability," he said.
Wu said China needed to build a strong military for today's "severe and complex" international security environment.
"The Chinese military will never sit idly by while our national sovereignty, security and development interests are threatened, and we will never allow anyone or any force to invade or divide China," he said.
China's military development aimed to deter the threat of war, defend its own security and maintain world peace, Wu said, and was not directed at any specific country or target, which was "both legitimate and reasonable".
China always maintained its nuclear capabilities at the lowest level required for national security and was committed to maintaining global strategic security, he said.
However, the U.S. had unilaterally withdrawn from various arms control treaties such as the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in recent years, Wu said, adding that U.S. cooperation on nuclear submarines with the United Kingdom and Australia posed a serious risk of nuclear proliferation and disrupted regional peace and stability.
"The U.S. double standard in its nuclear strategy is just an excuse for expanding its nuclear arsenal and maintaining military hegemony," he said.
Wu said Taiwan's return to China was part of the post-World War II international order, as clearly stated in the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation, adding that the one-China principle, confirmed by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758, had long been an international consensus.
He said the root causes of the change in the status quo in the Taiwan Strait had been the island's Democratic Progressive Party authorities, which had rejected the 1992 Consensus and attempted to seek independence by relying on U.S., and the U.S., which had escalated official exchanges with Taiwan, continuously engaged in arms sales and military assistance to Taiwan, and attempted to use Taiwan to contain China.
"It is the U.S. side and the Democratic Progressive Party that are the troublemakers in the tense situation in the Taiwan Strait," Wu said.
China had taken necessary measures to defend its territorial sovereignty, which were legitimate, reasonable and lawful, he said, and the U.S. had no right to make irresponsible remarks about that.
Wu urged the U.S. to stop strengthening military ties with Taiwan and illegal arms sales, stop creating tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and stop indulging "Taiwan independence" separatist forces.
He warned that the People's Liberation Army had the confidence and ability to defeat any external interference and separatist attempts for "Taiwan independence", and achieve the complete reunification of the motherland.
China regarded military-to-military relations with the U.S. as important and maintained frank and effective communication through military diplomacy channels, Wu said, adding that the difficulties and obstacles facing bilateral military relations were entirely caused by the U.S. side.
He said the U.S. had been engaging in actions harmful to China's security interests while calling for crisis management and further communication, adding that such logic did not hold water.
"We urge the U.S. to stop fabricating false narratives, correct its wrong perception of China and promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral military relations with a sincere attitude and practical actions," Wu said.