By Kevin Lim
SINGAPORE | Sun Jun 5, 2011 12:21pm IST
(Reuters) – China’s defence minister sought to reassure Asia Pacific neighbours on Sunday that his country’s growing economic and military power was not a threat, as long-running maritime disputes in the region flare up again.
General Liang Guanglie told the annual Shangri-La security conference in Singapore that the modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army was in line with the country’s economic growth and to meet its security requirements.
“We do not intend to threaten any country with the modernisation of our military force. I know many people tend to believe that with the wealth of China’s economy, China will be a military threat,” he said, speaking dressed in full military uniform.
“I would like to say that it is not our option. We didn’t seek to, we are not seeking to and we will not seek hegemony and we will not threaten any country.”
China will beef up its military budget by 12.7 percent this year, the government announced in March, a return to double-digit spending increases that stirred unease in the region as well as in the United States which has long had a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Riiiiight! Pull the other one. It is a grim fact known to defense planners everywhere that you can never, ever, base your doctrine/actions/reactions on a potential enemy’s intentions (real or perceived), the only things that matters are capabilities. And when considering China’s current race towards superpower status, that nation’s growing capabilities are enough to give any Asian defense planner serious ulcers.