China's Defense Ministry Says US Undermining Global Strategic Stability

Friday, 26 Jul, 2019

Lee Min-sun reports. The 10th edition of Chinese defense white paper, released on Wednesday under the title "China's National Defense in the New Era", gives a detailed explanation of China's efforts to build a strong military force in response to other actors in the region.

The affirmations came on Wednesday as the Chinese defence ministry illustrated plans for the further modernization of the military, according to Al-Jazeera news reports.

Taiwan said Thursday the U.S. Navy is free to sail through its strait after an American warship did so soon after Beijing warned against foreign interference in its relationship with the island.

China views Taiwan as its inalienable part that has to be reunified with the mainland, even by force. -China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.

Items on the shopping list include 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2 Abrams tanks, as well as anti-tank and anti-aircraft munitions, the report said.

The white paper disclosed information about the People's Liberation Army Djibouti Support Base, the organization of different services of the armed forces, details on the deployment of cutting-edge weaponry and equipment, as well as the building of infrastructure and deployment of necessary defensive capabilities on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

The United States has repeatedly raised Beijing's ire by selling arms to Taiwan.

Taiwan military spokesman Shih Shun-wen said the white paper is part of Beijing's propaganda campaign to downplay the "China threat theory", and to allays concerns about its growing military assertiveness.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in Beijing said China had "expressed deep concerns to the USA side" over its latest action in the strait separating China from Taiwan.

The United States has no formal ties with democratic Taiwan, but is bound by law to help provide it with the means to defend itself.

This was due to the Trump administration "adjusting" U.S. national security to now regard China as a rival.

Committed to the principle of win-win cooperation, China's armed forces will fulfill their worldwide responsibilities and obligations, it said.

The white paper also pointed to U.S., Japanese and Australian moves to beef up their military presence and alliances in the Asia-Pacific as bringing uncertainties to the region.

"They are going further and further down the road of separation". "China has the responsibility, and we will undertake ours, too", she told reporters in Taipei. The United States, independent analysts and human rights groups have estimated that around 1 million Muslims have been detained in internment camps in what the government calls a counterterrorism campaign. But the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader says he wants only a greater degree of autonomy for the region.