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China says upgrade of military won’t alter defense policy (Poten & Partners)


(photo cropped to focus on Gen. Liang Guangile...

(photo cropped to focus on Gen. Liang Guangile, and no longer includes Gen. Peter Pace) Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Liang Guanglie, salute while listening to their national anthems during a ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Beijing.

Sep, 03, 2011 12:00 PM – Kuwait News Agency

The Chinese government said the modernization of

China’s armed forces will not alter the nation’s defensive policy and its

naval strategy will remain based on offshore defense, state-run Xinhua News

Agency reported Thursday.
China’s first aircraft carrier has finished its first sea trial, which

proceeded “as expected,” National Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said

at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, according to the report.
“Commissioning an aircraft carrier is a long and complicated project. In

this process, there will be a number of tests,” Yang said, adding that the

carrier is currently undergoing refitting and further tests.
China will not change its long-standing defensive policy because of new

military equipment, he added.
In a recent report from the Pentagon on China’s military development, the

US said China’s increasing naval power and high-tech weaponry will extend its

reach in the Pacific and beyond. The development of China’s armed forces

targets no country or specific object, and it only serves to maintain national

security, Yang said.

The annual Pentagon report on August 26 also said that China’s new advanced

rocket systems were a “deterrent” against India and the “mistrust” between the

two countries is leading to continued tension.
“The conclusion is totally groundless. China and India are not enemies, not

opponents, but neighbors and partners,” Yang said, stressing that the two

nations have been committed to developing a strategic partnership in the past

few years.
As for another neighbor Vietnam, on Monday, Chinese Defense Minister Liang

Guanglie and Vietnamese Vice-Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh pledged to solve

disputes in the South China Sea through consultations and negotiation, Xinhua,

said.

http://www.poten.com/NewsDetails.aspx?id=11584489

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