China rejected “irresponsible” Pentagon report claiming Beijing’s bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied.
The Thursday report said China was leveraging its growing military, economic and diplomatic clout. China rapidly establish regional dominance, while its bombers were developing capabilities to hit targets as far as possible.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the report was “presumptuous and irresponsible”. Spokesman stating it was “in total disregard of facts” in a US statement. Beijing’s military development was defensive in nature and intended to safeguard its territorial integrity, he added.“ We urge the US side to abandon the outdated cold-war and zero-sum mentality” he said.
China is engaged in a decades-long build-up and modernisation of its once-backward armed forces. Its military leaders have set a goal of fielding a world-class force by 2050. Last year, six Chinese H-6K bombers flew through the Miyako Strait in the southwest of the Japanese islands. That time, for the first time turned north to fly east of Okinawa, where 47,000 US troops are based. The PLA may demonstrate the “capability to strike US and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean,” said the Pentagon report.
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