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US falsely accuses China's military non-transparency


13:15, May 19, 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.

However, the report did recognize that the overriding goals of China's foreign and security policies for the first two decades of the 21st century are to continue seeking peaceful development, with an emphasis on "positive relations with neighbors and constructive engagement in international affairs."

China places a priority on fostering a positive external environment to provide it with strategic space to focus on economic growth and development, the report said, as demonstrated by the country's efforts to maintain peace and stability along its borders, expand its diplomatic influence to facilitate access to foreign markets and resources and avoid direct confrontation with the United States.

It also noted that, with expanding economic and diplomatic interests due to China's rapid economic growth, the PLA has taken on "new historic missions" by participating in various operations and playing leadership roles in United Nations peace operations in 2011, including humanitarian aid, combating piracy, counter-terrorism and disaster relief operations.

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