We will not attack un­less we are at­tacked, but we will surely coun­ter­at­tack if at­tacked.”

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It in­ter­prets this pol­icy as, “We will not attack un­less we are at­tacked, but we will surely coun­ter­at­tack if at­tacked”. The white pa­per adds, “China will never seek hege­mony or ex­pan­sion.”

For­eign Pol­icy mag­a­zine said in an anal­y­sis of the white pa­per that China’s as­sess­ment of its chal­leng­ing se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment is “sober­ing ... for a 5,000-year-old civ­i­liza­tion that has sur­vived in­va­sions from Mon­gols, Ja­panese and West­ern Euro­peans.”

Pen­tagon spokesman

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