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China Reacts Angrily To Pentagon Report

Peter Ford
Christian Science Monitor [1]
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Beijing reacted angrily Wednesday to a Pentagon report expressing worries about China’s burgeoning military capabilities, calling such concerns baseless.

“The report ignores the objective truth and accuses China for its normal national defense and army construction” said Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng. “The development of the Chinese army is reasonable and proper.”

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This year’s annual Pentagon report on China’s military capabilities, delivered to Congress on Monday, outlined China’s moves to boost its military strength and warned that “the limited transparency in China’s military and security affairs enhances uncertainty and increases the potential for misunderstanding and miscalculation.”

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, complained recently that China’s suspension of military-to-military links made it harder for Washington to assess Beijing’s intentions. He said China’s investment in “high-end” weaponry had moved him from being “curious about what they are doing to being concerned.”

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