BEIJING, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Foreign Ministry on Friday voiced its firm opposition to the Pentagon's annual report on China's military development.
"It is an irresponsible act which does no good to enhance China-U.S. strategic trust," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a press release.
The U.S. Department of Defense has made similar reports in previous years, exaggerating China's military strength, Ma said in response to a question regarding the report.
The report, titled "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China," was released by the U.S. Department of Defense on Aug. 24.
Ma said China follows a path of peaceful development and utilizes a national defense policy that is purely defensive in nature, noting that China is devoted to safeguarding peace and stability in the Asian-Pacific region and the world at large.
"China develops limited armed forces purely for the purpose of safeguarding independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," Ma said.