Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie said that his country is preparing for conflict 'in every direction'.
"In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction," The Telegraph quoted Guanglie as saying. He
added: "We may be living in peaceful times, but we can never forget war, never send the horses south or put the bayonets and guns away."
Liang's remarks come at a time of increasingly difficult relations between the Chinese and US armed forces.