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China pledges peaceful development but will continue efforts to oppose Taiwan independence

China pledges peaceful development but will continue efforts to oppose Taiwan independence

China said Friday it will strengthen its military ability to thwart rival Taiwan's push for independence while vowing it was committed to the peaceful development of the world's largest army.
A report issued by the State Council, China's Cabinet, also said the country's defense policy will focus on protecting its borders and sea space, cracking down on terrorism and modernizing its weapons.
"China will not engage in any arms race or pose a military threat to any other country," the 91-page white paper said. "China is determined to remain a staunch force for global peace, security and stability."
The communist nation's 2.3 million-strong military is the world's largest but has been criticized for its lack of transparency about its buildup.
Its reported 2006 budget is 283.8 billion yuan (US$35.3 billion;


Updated : 2021-04-20 18:42 GMT+08:00