China’s Foreign Ministry denounced the latest Pentagon report on Chinese military developments, claiming that it was full of untruths and based on an outdated “Cold War” mentality. The report describes in detail the People’s Liberation Army’s advances in air, ground, sea, nuclear, and cyber warfare, as well as Chinese island building in the South China Sea.
Hong Lei, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, claimed that the report “made unfounded accusations against the development of Chinese national defense.” He claimed it was “full of prejudice against China,” and that the U.S.—not China—was responsible for militarizing the South China Sea. A spokesman for the Defense Ministry said the report had “severely damaged” trust between the two countries.
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