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U.S. Defense Department China Report Earns Reprimand From Beijing
A U.S. Defense Department report issued last week overstates the capacities of China's armed forces and trumps up the nation's standoff with Taiwan in a bid to bolster arms exports to the island, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Monday (see GSN, May 8).
The yearly analysis addressed a perceived strengthening of efforts by China to update its armed forces, the Associated Press reported.
"At the time when the relations between the two armies are on the rise, the U.S. stubbornly sticks to ways of casting doubts on and discrediting China," ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said in provided remarks. Beijing, he said, calls on Washington to "stop making comments not conducive to China-U.S. relations and the mutual trust between the two armies" (Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle, May 22).
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday voiced disapproval of U.S. budget legislation calling for F-16 aircraft exports to Taiwan, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
"We have taken note of the bill," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said of the measure, which the House of Representatives backed last week.
China claims authority over Taiwan and has threatened the use of force to block any move by the self-governing island toward formal independence (Xinhua News Agency, May 22).