CHINA China criticizes US defense bill, pledges peaceful development

CHINA

China criticizes US defense bill, pledges peaceful development

CGTN

20:18, January 04, 2021

Chinese soldiers patrol on an island. (Photo: Chinese Defense Ministry)

China on Monday criticized the national defense bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress, saying it reflects the so-called China Threat Theory and severely damages development between the two countries and their armies.

Congress last Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, overriding U.S. President Donald Trump's veto with a 81-13 vote. The $740 billion defense bill, viewing China and Russia as "competitors," proposed a "Pacific Deterrence Initiative" to "deter potential threat from China" by continuing to sell arms to China's Taiwan.

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson said it was a gross interference in China's internal affairs as well as a major breach of the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques.

The spokesperson said solemn representations had been lodged with the U.S. side.

China is always committed to peaceful development and defensive military strategy, the spokesperson noted, stressing China is an active contributor to global peace and development.

The development of the Chinese military brings hope and security to people around the globe rather than chaos or threat, the spokesperson said, adding that the Chinese military is always a strong force for world peace and stability.

Regarding Hong Kong- and Taiwan-related issues, the spokesperson urged the U.S. side to stop interfering in China's internal affairs.

"China firmly opposes any forms of official and military ties between the U.S. and Taiwan," the spokesperson said, warning the U.S. side not to underestimate China's determination to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China bears no tolerance to any plots that attempt to split the country and the Chinese military will take all necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that the U.S. should follow the trend of time and discard its Cold War Mentality while viewing the development of China and its military in a rational way, before expressing hope that the two countries could meet each other halfway and work jointly to uphold world peace and stability.

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