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Pentagon report once again falsely criticizes China's military non-transparency

(Xinhua)

08:29, May 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Xinhua) -- The Pentagon on Friday falsely accused China's military expenditure of being non-transparent and said the country was responsible for cyberspace intrusions against U.S. computers.

According to the U.S. Defense Department's annual report on China's military development, named Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China, it is hard to come up with an "actual PLA (People's Liberation Army) military expenditure" because of "poor accounting transparency and China's still incomplete transition from a command economy."

It also said China's published military budget does not include "several major categories of expenditure, such as foreign procurement."

On cyberspace security, the report alleged, without producing concrete proof, that China poses "a growing and persistent threat" to U.S. economic security as it has "the world's most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage."

Moreover, it said that China "is likely to remain an aggressive and capable collector of sensitive U.S. economic information and technologies, particularly in cyberspace."

The report also said China offers little "transparency or explanation" while conducting its increasingly complex space operations.


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