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China Firmly Opposes US Military Report, Urging US to Abandon Cold War Mentality

China Firmly Opposes US Military Report 2008-03-04 20:28:30  

    BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) --

China on Tuesday expressed its resolute opposition to a report by the U.S. Defense Department on China's military strength.

    The report disseminates the China military threat theory, severely distorts the truth, interferes with China's internal affairs and violates norms of international relations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press conference when asked to comment on this annual report.

    China had lodged solemn representations to the U.S. side, Qin noted.

    China unswervingly sticks to a path of peaceful development and adopts a defensive national defense policy, Qin said, noting that China is a firm force in safeguarding peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific and the world, and does not pose threat to any country.

    China urged the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality and take a right attitude towards China and China's development, Qin said.

    The United States should correct its wrongdoing to issue the report on China's military, and make concrete actions to increase mutual trust and push for constructive cooperation between the two nations, Qin said.

    "We urge the United States to adhere to the one-China policy and the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, oppose 'Taiwan independence', cease weapon sales and military relations with Taiwan and stop sending any wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists," Qin said.

    The United States should work with China to safeguard peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and the general situation of the China-U.S. ties, Qin said.

    The Pentagon report, released on Monday, said that numerous intrusions into computer networks around the world, including some owned by the U.S. government, in the past year seem to have originated in China.

    Qin said this accusation was groundless, and China expressed strong dissatisfaction over it.

    On the network attack issue, China holds a clear stance that it sticks to a path of peaceful development and will not make actions to harm other nations' sovereignty and security, Qin said.

    Qin said China was also a victim of hackers. China hoped to increase cooperation with relevant countries to jointly tackle this problem.

    Responding to a question on whether the Chinese government and military hired civilian hackers to attack other nations' governmental computer networks, Qin said, "Chinese government never does such kind of things."

Editor: Bi Mingxin

Date to open China-U.S. military hotline still under discussion 2008-03-04 20:21:40  

    BEIJING, March. 4 (Xinhua) --

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday the date to open a military hotline between China and the United States was still under discussion.

    Qin made the remarks while responding to a journalist's question who cited a U.S. source as saying the hotline would be operational this month.

    He said the defense departments of both countries still needed to discuss the date to open the hotline and the way to operate the communications.

    "The agreement to set up the direct telephone line is a new measure to enhance political and military mutual trust and strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two sides," he said.

    Qin added that only when the United States has given up the "Cold War" thinking, can the hotline play its role.

    "China hopes the two sides can enhance mutual trust and strengthen exchanges and cooperation through this link."

    China and the United States on Feb. 29 officially signed an agreement on setting up a direct confidential telephone line between the Chinese Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense at the conclusion of a working meeting between the two defense departments.

    The hotline, the first of its kind between China and another country at the defense ministry level, is aimed at providing instant contact between the two nation's defense and military leaders on major issues of common concern, especially in emergencies.

Editor: Bi Mingxin

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