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
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,
- REFILE-China sends fisheries vessel to disputed waters (Reuters) (thuytinhvo.wordpress.com)