China Denounces U.S. Report on Military

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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China's Defense Ministry has rejected a Pentagon assessment of China's military, calling the report “groundless,” and, ” a distortion of facts.”

The annual report said China is on track to achieve its goal of building a modern, regionally-focused military by 2020, citing a new stealth fighter, an aircraft carrier and the development of an anti-ship missile. The assessment also expressed concern about China's growing edge over Taiwan, which Beijing considers a rogue province.

China's said Friday that the Pentagon “exaggerated the so-called mainland military threat to Taiwan.” The ministry said it is normal for the Chinese military to develop and upgrade some weapons and armaments as technology advances.

China's objection to the Pentagon report is an annual ritual and is unlikely to affect relations between the two countries.