White Paper Outlines China’s Ambitions

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By Wendell Minnick
Defense News

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China released its first white paper on military strategy Tuesday, just two weeks after the release of the Pentagon’s annual report to the US Congress on China’s military and security developments.

Neither report appears to take blame for the rising tensions in the South China and East China seas. The Chinese report, “China’s Military Strategy,” indicates “some of its offshore neighbors” have taken “provocative actions” and reinforced their military presence on China’s reefs and islands “illegally.”

Without mentioning the US, it says, “some external countries are also busy meddling in South China Sea affairs; a tiny few maintain constant close-in air and sea surveillance and reconnaissance against China.”

No mention is made of the recent warning to a US reconnaissance aircraft flying near Chinese controlled areas of the South China Sea. China has not…

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