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China shows responsibility, confidence with more military openness: analyst
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19:18, September 05, 2007

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China has showed its confidence as a responsible nation by promising greater military transparency, said an analyst on Wednesday.

"We can see the country is trying to stand in line with international practice and the Chinese army is confident of opening up to the rest of the world," said Teng Jianqun, deputy secretary-general of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, in an essay published in Wednesday's Liberation Army Daily.

China announced on Sunday its intention to participate in the UN Military Transparency Mechanism and resume providing the requested data for the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms.

It also submitted reports on its armed forces budget and holdings and sales of conventional arms in 2006 according to UN conventions.

About 110 countries have taken part in the UN Military Transparency Mechanism since the 1980s and 160 members have provided data on conventional arms to the United Nations since 1993.

"China has realized that greater military openness will help it build up trust and reduce tension in the region and the world," Teng said.

Under a peaceful foreign policy, China is building an armed force that fits its national security concerns and international status, which contributes to a balanced global military structure, Teng said.

The country, with a population of 1.3 billion, now has 2.3 million men and women in service.

"China has long held a defensive national defense policy and preferred dialogue and cooperation to deal with international conflicts. This strategy is no secret," Teng said.

And it has kept working to improve the transparency of military data since the 1980s, he said.

The country has published five white papers on its national defense since 1998 and released defense budget at the annual session of its top legislature in March every year.

Source: Xinhua

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