China complains about Pentagon report, says it is 'pure guesswork':The Asahi Shimbun

China complains about Pentagon report, says it is 'pure guesswork':The Asahi Shimbun

"We demand the USA side abandons Cold War thinking, objectively and rationally views China's defense and military construction, stops issuing the relevant reports, and takes actual steps to promote and protect the stable development of military-to-military relations", it said.

The U.S. Department of Defense's 2018 report to Congress also distorted relations and situation across the Taiwan Strait, said Wu Qian, the spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, Friday.

The Pentagon also noted that "Over the last three years, the PLA has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against USA and allied targets".

The report also added that "Armed forces under the ruling Chinese Communist Party "continued to develop and deploy increasingly advanced military capabilities meant to coerce Taiwan, signal Chinese resolve, and gradually improve capabilities for an invasion".

China has stressed that Taiwan must accept the "1992 consensus", an ambiguous term used by Taiwan's previous administration and Chinese leaders as a basis for engagement, according to the report.

"It is an ironclad fact that Taiwan is a part of China", he said, "The Chinese military will as always stand firm in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits".

The report was made with reference to China's airforce landing bombers on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea, which is a disputed area.

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China's stance on maritime issues is consistent and clear-cut, and China is committed to resolving disputes peacefully through direct negotiations with related parties.

China will also try to deter potential USA intervention "in any Taiwan contingency campaign", the report said.

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson also said in a statement that the U.S. should stop issuing what it calls irresponsible reports and take actual steps to develop relations between the 2 countries' militaries.

The Pentagon report said that despite a projected slowdown in economic growth, China's official defense budget would be more than $240 billion by 2028.

They are also working on a "stealthy, long-range strategic bomber with a nuclear delivery capability that could be operational within the next 10 years", in addition to the bombers it already operates.

This year's report reiterates that China will seek to establish new bases in countries such as Pakistan.

"China still stresses equality, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation, but the report defames China in an exaggerated way", Li said.

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