WASHINGTON, May 18– The Pentagon on Friday falsely accused China’smilitary expenditure of being non-transparent and said the countrywas responsible for cyberspace intrusions against U.S. computers. According to the U.S. Defense Department’s annual report on China’smilitary development, named Military and Security DevelopmentsInvolving the People’s Republic of China, it is hard to come upwith an “actual PLA (People’s Liberation Army) militaryexpenditure” because of “poor accounting transparency and China’sstill incomplete transition from a command economy.” It also said China’s published military budget does not include”several major categories of expenditure, such as foreignprocurement.” On cyberspace security, the report alleged, without producingconcrete proof, that China poses “a growing and persistent threat”to U.S. economic security as it has “the world’s most active andpersistent perpetrators of economic espionage.” Moreover, it said that China “is likely to remain an aggressive andcapable collector of sensitive U.S. Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring Sets
economic information andtechnologies, particularly in cyberspace.” The report also said China offers little “transparency orexplanation” while conducting its increasingly complex spaceoperations. However, the report did recognize that the overriding goals ofChina’s foreign and security policies for the first two decades ofthe 21st century are to continue seeking peaceful development, withan emphasis on “positive relations with neighbors and constructiveengagement in international affairs.” China places a priority on fostering a positive externalenvironment to provide it with strategic space to focus on economicgrowth and development, the report said, as demonstrated by thecountry’s efforts to maintain peace and stability along itsborders, expand its diplomatic influence to facilitate access toforeign markets and resources and avoid direct confrontation withthe United States. It also noted that, with expanding economic and diplomaticinterests due to China’s rapid economic growth, the PLA has takenon “new historic missions” by participating in various operationsand playing leadership roles in United Nations peace operations in2011, including humanitarian aid, combating piracy,counter-terrorism and disaster relief operations. Neglecting China’s enormous efforts and investment in itsscientific and technological developments, the report claimed thatChina continues to modernize its military by incorporating Western,mostly U.S., dual-use technologies. But it failed to mention thatthe United States has imposed a tight ban on its high-tech exportsto China in the past decades. China Fine Gold Jewellery
On U.S.-China military ties, the Pentagon report pointed out thatthe two sides seek to build a “healthy, stable, reliable andcontinuous” military-to-military relationship, as part of theconsensus reached by Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S.counterpart Barack Obama during Hu’s visit to the United States inJanuary 2011. Despite the U.S. announcement of a major arms sales deal to Taiwanin September 2011, the working-level contacts and high-leveldialogues were maintained. The United States remains committed toits engagement with China in the Asia-Pacific region and tobuilding a “stronger military-to-military relationship with China,”though putting it on a firm foundation remains a challenge, thereport said. China Silver Hoops Earrings
The Pentagon also vowed in the report to continue monitoringChina’s military strategy and force development while continuing”adapting its forces, posture, and operational concepts” in theAsia-Pacific area. The Pentagon has been issuing an annual report on China’s militaryto the Congress since 2000, continuing a Cold War-style practicethat the United States once adopted toward the former Soviet Unionin an attempt to put pressure on its archrival. China has repeatedly condemned the U.S. issuance of such reports asinterference in China’s internal affairs, while making it clearChina’s intention to seek peaceful development and develop itsmilitary will not pose any threat to other countries.