China mil­i­tary re­port

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

China’s mil­i­tary tried un­suc­cess­fully to halt the Pen­tagon’s pub­li­ca­tion of its lat­est an­nual re­port to Congress on Chi­nese mil­i­tary power.

Maj. Gen. Qian Li­hua, di­rec­tor of the Chi­nese De­fense Min­istry For­eign Af­fairs Of­fice, was quoted in a staterun press re­port as say­ing: “Un­der the present sit­u­a­tion of the mo­men­tum of pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment of Sino-U.S. re­la­tions, the U.S. Depart­ment of De­fense will only do new dam­age to mil­i­tary re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries by in­sist­ing on pub­lish­ing the re­port.”

“This will only have a neg­a­tive im­pact on mil­i­tary re­la­tions,” said Gen. Qian, who headed the Chi­nese mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tion to re­cent talks in Bei­jing with Pen­tagon of­fi­cials.

Asked about the Chi­nese gen­eral’s re­marks, Pen­tagon spokesman Maj. Stu Up­ton

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