By Mei Jingya, Sina English
China’s Defense Ministry Spokesman Geng Yansheng on Thursday dismissed Japan’s annually-published defense white paper as groundless accusations on China’s defense development, saying Japan is deliberately playing up China threat, pointing fingers at China’s defense and army build-up and interfering in China’s internal affairs.
Geng said China strongly opposes such fault-finding censure and has already brought the issue up with Japanese authorities.
In response to the 2012 Japanese white paper on defense, Geng said China adheres to a road of peaceful development and maintains a purely defensive military policy; and that the strengthening of China's national defense is based on the need to safeguard its sovereignty with no intention of targeting a third country.
In the white paper, Japan also related the so-called “worrisome” ties between the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the People’s Liberation Army. The huge “gap” between military strength of the Chinese mainland and Taiwan is also mentioned in the paper, which is nothing but a blatant interference of China’s internal affairs, said Geng, and the “China Threat” talk is merely an excuse Japan exploits to engage in an arms race.
“It should be pointed out specially that China will continue to develop its defense and military construction, conduct routine military exercises and training sessions in order to safeguard its national sovereignty and maritime rights," said the spokesman.
According to Geng, Japan’s arms expansion and military deployment in its SW island groups, resonating with its constant provocations to neighboring countries in territorial disputes, have become a real major concern of pacific nations, including China.
The spokesman also said China hopes Japan can draw lessons from history, reflect on its security policy, improve military transparency and adhere to a peaceful road of development.