The report on China's military strength fabricated by the US Defense Department was released on July 19 after repeated revisions and postponements. The report insists on taking the theory of "China military threat" as its main purpose. A US strategy analyst who had earlier read this report recently pointed out: US military schemers define Beijing's effort to reverse its weakness as a threat. This probably "has bared more fully our ambition, but not China's."
The content of the Report is full of exaggerated estimates and guesses, and they define China's fully legitimate military modernization as "China military threat". Just citing a few instances is enough to show what kind of ambition the US Defense Department is harboring:
Firstly, the report queries China's road to modernization through peaceful development. It claims that China is at the cross-roads of peaceful rise and contention for hegemony by force. In order to make this more convincing, the report distorts the Chinese people's patriotic ardor into "nationalist" emotion, and describes China's energy demand for its economic development and the prospect of market diversification and the Chinese government's proper conduct in safeguarding national rights and interests as potential demand for "China's expansion". In addition, it also makes added descriptions of the innovative ability of Chinese military enterprises, in an attempt to lay a "convincing, credible" basis for its "China military threat" theory.
Secondly, the report alleges that the development rapidity and scale of Chinese military strength have posed threats to the balance of regional military forces and to other countries. The obvious intention of the report is to create tensions and estrangements in the Asia-Pacific region, to sow dissension in the relations between China and its neighboring countries, to disrupt China's peaceful surrounding environment, and to find an excuse for the United States to make its military strategy adjustment in the Asia-Pacific region aim at China. Since the beginning of this year, the United States has made frequent adjustments to its strategic disposition in the Asia-Pacific region, beefing up its military strength in Guam, increasing the force of its Pacific fleet and upgrading the connotations of the political and military cooperation of US-Japan strategic alliance, etc. All these are its objective to restrain, encircle and block up China.
Thirdly, the report continues to prepare public opinion for US interference in China's Taiwan affairs. The report calls on the American authorities to adopt measures to reverse the military situation "unfavorable" to Taiwan. Its intention is nothing but the following two points: first is to step up preparation for US military involvement in the Taiwan Straits and rope in "Taiwan independence" forces; second is to seek an excuse for US arms sales to Taiwan and thus satisfying the interests of US arms dealers. This once again lays bare the political attempt of some Americans who find it hard to dissociate from the Taiwan issue.
Fourthly, the report attempts to tarnish China's international image of peaceful development, hold down China's military and technological cooperation with the outside world, retard the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) modernization process and maintain and further widen the epochal gap between the US military and the Chinese army, so as to guarantee US absolute dominant power in future Taiwan Strait relations.
Fifthly, the report reflects that the US intelligence department treats China's peaceful development with Cold War mentality. The iron fact itself about the said department's wanton theft of China's military, political and economic information exposes their ambition that they take China as their enemy and set their minds on checking China's peaceful development.
Agitation of "China military threat" by the report not only harms China's security and interests, but also is detrimental to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, it is also possible to misdirect US security strategy. Chinese army's modernization by no means takes contention with the United States for interests as the goal. China-US relationship can move forward only when it is built on the basis of "reducing suspicion, abandoning confrontation, expanding mutual trust and strengthening cooperation".
Carried on the front page of People's Daily Overseas Edition July 21, the article is translated by People's Daily Online