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China opposes US annual report on military power

China was strongly resentful of and firmly opposed to a US annual report on its military power.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 13:55 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

China was strongly resentful of and firmly opposed to a US annual report on its military power, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing.

The 2006 China Military Power Report, issued by the US Defence Ministry recently, has continued to spread "China's threat" and severely violated the principles governing international relations, said Liu when responding to press.

He said the report, still with the "Cold War" mentality, has exaggerated China's military power and expenditure with ulterior motives and wantonly interferes in China's internal affairs.

"China is a peace-loving nation and has insisted on a way of peaceful development, with a national defence policy that is defensive in nature. The international community has generally acknowledged that China is an important force of promoting peace in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large," said Liu.

He said it is natural for China, a sovereign state, to develop its national defence construction, which is aimed at defending national security and safeguarding territorial integrity.

"Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory. The Chinese government sticks to the policy of 'peaceful reunification and one country, two systems'," said Liu.

He said the Chinese government would exert its utmost effort and show all sincerity to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification of the motherland.

However, Liu said, China will never tolerate "Taiwan independence" and will never allow any one to separate Taiwan from China in anyway.

Liu said China has urged the US side to stick to its commitments of adhering to the one-China policy, abiding by the three communiques between China and the US and opposing to "Taiwan independence", stop selling weapons to Taiwan and not to send any wrong signal to the splittist forces of "Taiwan independence".

First Published: May 25, 2006 13:55 IST

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