Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2021-12-01 07:16

AFP: The Pentagon says it plans to expand military bases in Guam and Australia to beef up defenses against China. How does China react to this? 

Zhao Lijian: The relevant Pentagon report fully exposes the true intention of the US to militarize the Indo-Pacific and go all out to encircle and contain China. The development of China’s national defense forces is entirely out of the need to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests and maintain international and regional peace and security. This is fundamentally different from the US’ flagrant sabre-rattling around the world, hegemonic and bullying practices and disruption in regional peace and stability. We firmly oppose the US side’s attempt to justify its moves to increase military expenditure, expand military build-up and maintain military hegemony with the “China threat theory”. The US side should abandon the Cold-War mentality of creating imaginary enemies and stop words and deeds that threaten international peace and security.


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