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first_img“Chinas development of high-tech weapon systems have been picking up in recent years. There is no need to spend hugely to catch up with the US, which seeks to keep its global military presence. Chinas regional military deterrence aimed at national defence has been taking shape,” the daily said.”Annual growth of 7-8 per cent means doubling the current level in a decade and reaching close to half of the US military spending. Such steady growth is more sustainable,” it said.Also the “Chinese government does not want to irritate other countries and trigger an arms race. Domestically, the government does not want to make its people anxious, as if major military conflicts are pending,” it said.The increasing US “provocations” in the South China Sea have been creating a greater sense of crisis for the Chinese people, the Global Times said.Outlining Chinas strategic perspectives, Spokesman of the NPC and former Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying yesterday defended Beijings increasing its defence spending due to US forays into Asia Pacific and the South China Sea (SCS) which in recent months has become new theatre of conflict between the two countries.Some people have connected China with the SCS issue and militarisation of the region. The issue of militarisation has been hyped up and misleading, Fu said.China claims almost the whole of the resource-rich South China Sea. Its claim, however, is strongly contested by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.In October, USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island China is building in the Spratly Islands.advertisementChina strongly protested the move, saying the the US act severely violated Chinese law, sabotaged the peace, security and good order of the waters, and undermined the regions peace and stability.”Talking about the militarisation if we look at the advanced aircraft and ships entering the area, majority of them (are) from US,” Fu said.It was America which decided to deploy 70 per cent of its naval assets under its Asia Pivot strategy, she said.”Isnt it militarisation?” Fu asked. Wrongly accusing Chinas militarisation in the waters is misleading, she said.”Most of Chinese lawmakers and ordinary people are not pleased and do not agree with the US showing off military power by sending warships to waters close to the SCS islands and reefs,” she added. PTI KJV ASK ASKlast_img

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