Amer­i­cans ac­cused of hyp­ing up mil­i­tary

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China’s de­fence min­istry has crit­i­cised a US re­port as­sess­ing its is­land-build­ing ef­forts in the South China Sea, say­ing it “hyped up” China’s so-called mil­i­tary threat.

The US De­fence Depart­ment’s an­nual re­port on China’s mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties had “wil­fully dis­torted China’s na­tional de­fence pol­icy”, said min­istry spokesman Yang Yu­jun, adding that the US was too sus­pi­cious.

China ex­pressed its “strong dis­sat­is­fac­tion and firm op­po­si­tion” to the Pen­tagon re­port, Yang said.

“China fol­lows a na­tional de­fence pol­icy that is de­fen­sive in na­ture,” he said. “China’s deep­en­ing mil­i­tary re­forms and its strength­en­ing of weapons and equip­ment build­ing are aimed at main­tain­ing sovereignty, se­cu­rity and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and guar­an­tee­ing China’s peace­ful de­vel­op­ment.”

The re­port to the US Congress on Fri­day said that China was fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing and weapon­is­ing the is­lands it has built in the dis­puted wa­ters of the South China Sea so it will have greater con­trol over the mar­itime re­gion with­out re­sort­ing to armed con­flict.

It ac­cused China of “in­creas­ingly as­sertive ef­forts to ad­vance its na­tional sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial claims” and a lack of trans­parency about its grow­ing mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties that are caus­ing ten­sions with other coun­tries in the re­gion.

Yang said it was the United States that had been “fre­quently send­ing mil­i­tary air­craft and war­ships to the South China Sea to make a show of force.”

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