China Defends Military Rise, Says Faces Threats – Ben Blanchard

From Reuters:

China’s military modernization will focus on strengthening its navy and air force as it faces security threats from border spats, historical disputes and self-ruled , a defense white paper released on Friday said.

But China, whose increasing defense spending and military build-up has been a source of friction with the United States, will never engage in an arms race or threaten any other nation, the policy paper said.

…President this week urged the building of a powerful Chinese navy that was prepared “at any time” for military struggle. [Full Text]

Related AP article: “China to Continue to Modernize Military

Read article from China Daily: “China issues white paper on national defense.”



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