China has compared U.S. concerns about its military buildup to the prying of a voyeur wanting to see his neighbor naked. China is expected to announce an increase in defense spending next week during its annual legislative session. As Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing, the comments show just how private an issue China considers its military.
During a visit to Asia last week, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said China’s defense spending was not in line with its stated goal of a “peaceful rise”. The United States and other developed nations have also said China’s military budget is not transparent enough.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, defended Beijing’s military spending and transparency, comparing Washington’s concern to the behavior of a nosy neighbor or a voyeur. [Full Text]