Chinese military firmly opposes Japan's defense white paper hyping up "China threat"

Source:China Military Online Editor:Huang Panyue 2017-08-09

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (ChinaMil) -- The 2017 defense white paper issued on Tuesday by the Japanese Defense Ministry still contains cliché about China, which is full of vicious denigration of the Chinese military and blatant deception of the international community.

The Chinese military is firmly opposed to the China-related contents in Japan's defense white paper and lodges solemn representations to the Japanese side, Chinese Defense Ministry's spokesperson Wu Qian said on Tuesday.

The official website of China's Ministry of National Defense published on Tuesday night a written statement made by Senior Colonel Wu.

Japan claimed in its defense white paper that "China tried to change the status quo in East China Sea and South China Sea based on its own assertions, and this has become a common concern of the region and the world at large."

As a matter of fact, it is Japan that is trying to change the status quo and has caused concerns in the international community, said the statement.

Wu pointed out in the statement that it is known to all that Japan has adjusted its military and security policies, tries to amend the Pacifist Constitution, makes vigorous expansion of armaments and conducts highly targeted military deployments; and in addition, it has actively meddled in the South China Sea affairs as a country out of the region.

Japan's intention of changing the status quo has been exposed by all these actions, which are undermining regional peace and stability and causing common concerns in the international community, the statement said.

More so, Japan is telling lies in broad daylight, questioning the direction of China's military development and accusing China's national defense and military policies of lacking in transparency, the statement said.

China firmly pursues the defensive national defense policy and military strategy of active defense, actively expands military exchanges, and extensively participates in peacekeeping, escort and humanitarian aid operations, fully demonstrating the fine image of its armed forces and sense of responsibility of a responsible major country, said the statement.

Why does Japan turn a blind eye to these facts? Why does it keep telling lies to deceive the international community? What's its real intention? The international community should be highly alert.

Japan also claimed that Chinese public service vessels have frequently "encroached upon Japan's territorial sea". But the fundamental fact is that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets are China's inherent territory, which is fully evidenced by historical and legal documents, and China's legitimate activities within its territorial sea will continue as a routine, said the statement.

Wu urged in the end of the statement the Japanese side to reflect on history, respect facts, and stop its groundless accusation of China and deception of the international community.