Official: China won't replace US to dominate world

16:31, December 08, 2010      

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The argument that China will overtake the United States to dominate the world is a myth, and it is completely unfounded for some people to speculate that China will transfer its ever-increasing economic strength to military power, a senior Chinese official said.

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo published an article on China's road of peaceful development on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently.

The article points out that not taking the lead and not seeking hegemony are China's basic national policy and strategic choice. China will always adhere to peaceful coexistence, respect the rights of people of all nations to independently choose development paths and will never seek hegemony or to rule the world, Dai said.

Dai said in the article that the attempt to form a clique to contain China, make mischief between countries and engage in joint military drills off China's coast are examples of typical Cold War thinking.

Compared to the United States, Japan and many other countries, the per capita level of China's military spending is still quite low, which will pose no threat to the rest of the world, according to the article.

As for the transparency, there is no absolute transparency in the world. While, military transparency in China has seen growing improvement over the past decades, in particular, our strategic intent is more transparent than many other countries, especially major powers.

For example, we publicly declared to the world to never seek hegemony, made commitment to never first use nuclear weapons and use or threaten to use nuclear weapons. If other countries do so, it is undoubtedly a great contribution to the world peace, stability and development.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online


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