|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Remarks on the US Department of Defense's Release of the Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2018|
Q: The Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2018recently released by the Pentagon played up "China's military threat and lack of transparency" and expressed concerns over China's strengthened national defense. What's your comment?
A: China is firmly opposed to the above-mentioned US report which, in total disregard of facts, makes presumptuous and irresponsible comments on China's national defense development and its legitimate acts to safeguard territorial sovereignty and security interests.
China stays committed to a peaceful development path and follows a national defense policy that is defensive in nature. It is always a builder of world peace, contributor to global development and defender of international order. China's development of national defense aims to safeguard its national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is the lawful rights for a sovereign state to exercise. This is entirely legitimate and beyond reproach.
We urge the US side to abandon the outdated cold-war and zero-sum mentality, put China's strategic intention and national defense development in perspective, stop issuing such irresponsible report year after year and maintain the steady development of the bilateral relations and military-to-military ties between China and the US with concrete actions.