China on Monday slammed the United States' new Asian-focused defence strategy, saying its accusations of a lack of openness in Beijing's military policy were "groundless and untrustworthy."
The strategy unveiled on Thursday shifts the US military focus away from Iraq and Afghanistan and makes a renewed commitment to assert America's position in the Asia-Pacific region.
The document says the growth of China's military power must be accompanied by greater clarity in its strategic intentions to avoid causing friction in the region. In response, China said it was committed to peaceful development and a "defensive" policy.
"China's strategic intent is clear, open and transparent," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin said. "Our national defence modernisation serves the objective requirements of national security. It will not pose any threat to any country," Liu said. "The charges against China in this document are groundless and untrustworthy."