China's Defense Ministry Says US Undermining Global Strategic Stability

China's Defense Ministry Says US Undermining Global Strategic Stability

The white paper has also said that China supports the entire ban and complete demolition of nuclear weapons, the country does not participate in any nuclear arms competition with any other country and maintains its nuclear abilities at the minimum level required for national security.

The first comprehensive white paper since 2012 offers insight into the world's largest army as it scrambles to catch up to America's formidable firepower as tensions deepen between the two powers.

The paper says China is working to promote stability along the India-China border by creating "favourable conditions" for the peaceful resolution to the Doklam stand-off.

The Pentagon said this month the U.S. State Department had approved sales of weapons requested by Taiwan, including tanks and Stinger missiles estimated to be worth $2.2 billion.

Taiwan has been governed separately from mainland China since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, when the defeated Nationalist government fled to the island. China says it will not "renounce the use of force" in efforts to reunify Taiwan with the mainland and vows to take all necessary military measures to defeat "separatists".

China has never accepted Taiwan's claims for independence and argues that the island is a breakaway province. While Washington does not have formal diplomatic ties with the island, USA law requires that it provide Taiwan with sufficient defense equipment and services for self-defense.

In China's vicinity, the situation looks even more worrisome, local strategists note, pointing out that Washington carries on with strengthening its Asia-Pacific military alliances and reinforcing "military deployment and intervention".

However, the paper makes clear that the Chinese military will resolutely "oppose and contain 'Taiwan independence, '" criticizing Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for sticking to that policy and refusing to recognize the 1992 Consensus.

China is moving closer to the centre of the world stage, and the global community expects more worldwide public security goods from the Chinese military, it said.

Another misleading and incendiary notion claims that China is extending its military reach to the detriment of regional stability.

The US erodes global security and seeks "absolute superiority", but Beijing won't follow the "beaten track" of big powers in seeking hegemony, focusing instead on having a "world-class" army, says a new Chinese military document.

Beijing blamed the U.S. for having "provoked and intensified competition among major powers" by seeking to expand its capabilities in nuclear, cyber, missile defence and other areas, which it said had destabilised the world.

In Xinjiang - where China is accused of rounding up one million mostly Muslim Uighurs in internment camps - the People's Armed Police Force has assisted "in taking out 1,588 violent terrorist gangs and capturing 12,995 terrorists" since 2014.

With a commitment to building a community with a shared future in its neighborhood, China has long advocated addressing differences and disputes through dialogue and consultation, a move widely welcomed by its neighbouring countries.

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