China's military development poses no threat: defense minister

08:21, January 11, 2011      

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Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (R) shakes hands with the visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at a welcome ceremony in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

China's military hardware development is targeting no other countries and poses no threat, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said Monday.

Liang made the remarks at a joint press conference with visiting United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates after a U.S. reporter asked if China wanted to counter the U.S. military engagement in Asia by developing weapons.

Liang admitted China had made progress in building its military might and had developed weapons to meet its sovereignty and security requirements.

However, he said, China still lagged far behind developed nations in terms of weaponry and rejected claims that China's military development was a threat.

Liang said he expected other nations to objectively judge China's military development.

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