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Preaching of "China military threat" makes U.S. a butt

By Zhu Junqing (Xinhua)    13:42, March 06, 2015

BEIJING, March 6 -- Some U.S. agencies and media have been preaching "China military threat" to their country for years, with a recent report claiming that China's space program threatens U.S. military security.

The report released on Monday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, claimed that China's development of space technologies is aimed at blocking U.S. military communications and destroying its ability to win conflicts.

The allegation, along with its outcry over Chinese military budget and so called "cyber attack," only makes Uncle Sam a butt and exposes its consistent indecent tactics in addressing China's peaceful development.

First, such claims are devoid of common sense. Everyone, including Washington itself, knows well that China's military started from scratch and has lagged behind the United Statesby decades of gap.

In fact, it is the United States that makes up its mind to dominate the space resources and have more advantages over other countries, to finally build its hegemony in space.

Facts speak louder than words. The United States is the only one that has anti-satellite weapons in actual deployment. In this sense, if other countries do not develop anti-satellite weapons themselves, many space resources will be placed under the U.S. threat.

As for military spending, the United States, with double-standard deeply rooted in its mind, has long been pointing at China's normal national defense needs while expanding its own military budget year after year.

China's newly revealed 2015 national defense budget, for example, is less than one-third of the U.S. planned budget of 534.3 billion dollars. The 10.1-percent increase also represents the lowest expansion in China since 2010.

Measuring by per capita military spending, which U.S. military experts hold as an important index in judging a nation's defense budget, the U.S. figure is 22 times of the Chinese one.

As a saying goes -- One man may steal a horse while another may not look over a hedge. What's behind the theory of "China military threat" is unsurprisingly the U.S. own interests.

Last but not least, internationally, the calculating Americans try to enhance other countries' reliance on it to make them follow its lead, and maintain its dominance in global issues.

Domestically, Washington plans to lay foundation to conquer the Congressional obstacle on the 2016 Pentagon budget.

However, time has changed. The U.S. should abandon the Cold War mentality in consistency with the historical trend, view China's military development in an objective and rational way, and enhance mutual trust and safeguard jointly with China the international peace and security.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Kong Defang,Yao Chun)

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