Since the formation of the new interim Iraqi
government and the shift of US army's main task to the training of new army and police for
Iraq, senior officers of the Pentagon, like Don Quixote, are again seeking new rivals
worldwide, thus beginning to preach the "China threat theory", of whom, the most
energetic trumpeter is Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
He first said at the Senate: In less than 10 years, the size of China's navy will
surpass that of the United States. Recently at the Asia-Pacific Security Conference
he claimed: China's military spending is much higher than the published budget, just
behind that of the United States and Russia,
ranking third in the world; such military expansion would result in a regional military
imbalance, this is particularly true with the case of Taiwan;
China does not face military threats from any countries and yet it continuously increases
its expenditure on national defense and repeatedly enlarges its missile capabilities and
precision weaponry, people cannot but ask: For what does it increase its military
On June 7, Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Liu Jianchao pointed out in just and severe terms: Rumfeld's parlance about
China's actual military spending being ranked first in Asia and third in the world is
The well-known fact is that the US military spending in 2004 was as high as US$455.9
billion, equivalent to the combined total of countries around the world. China's military
spending last year was only 211.7 billion RMB yuan, much less than the US figure. In other
words, American military spending was 17.8 times that of China's, if calculated on a
per-capita basis, US military spending was 77 times that of China's. Furthermore, China is
a country with a vast territory and long boundary line and coastline, like any other
countries, China needs an appropriate growth of expenditure on national defense, so as to
meet the requirement for maintaining the security of normal national defense.
More importantly, whether or not a country constitutes a threat does not depend
completely on a slight increase or decrease in its military spending, instead it depends
more on the foreign policy it pursues. China pursues an independent diplomatic line of
peace and follows a foreign policy of "developing good-neighborly relationship and
partnership" and of "bringing harmony, security and prosperity to
neighbors". Let's come to see that self-styled most democratic superpower, how many
wars it has launched on the lands of others and how many civilians it has killed in the
past few years?
Again it was this superpower that refused to sign the CTBT (Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty), refused to commit itself to refraining from using nuclear weapons against
non-nuclear countries, it has not only deployed a missile defensive system, but also has
plans to develop land-boring weapons, and demands the disposition of outer space weapons!
Not long ago a US newspaper carried a cartoon: Uncle Sam carrying on the head a high
missile pointed his finger at the nose of a person, saying: Do what I say, not what I do.
This cartoon sketches the rude and arrogant images of certain Americans in a vivid and
Perhaps people may ask: Why does the Pentagon trumpet the "China threat
theory" again? Actually this is not hard to understand, although physically they have
entered the 21st century, mentally they still stay in the Cold War era, they still judge
the world changes by the standard of Cold War mentality, they regard the fast developing
China as a potential enemy.
Domestically they advertise the "China threat theory" for two purposes: One
is that they vainly attempt to exaggerate China's military development in order to affect
the Bush administration's policy toward China. Second is that they strive for more
military orders for the war industry group backing the Pentagon.
In trumpeting the "China threat theory" abroad, Rumsfeld's intention is to
evoke doubts and worries among China's neighboring countries, so as to drive a wedge in
the relations between China and its East Asian neighbors. But this trick seems cannot
succeed--Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has clearly pointed out that the
intention to contain China will not be accepted by many countries in the Asian region.
Because people free from prejudice can clearly see that China's peaceful development is an
opportunity, not a threat.
Another reason explaining why the Pentagon cannot succeed is that after the United
States told a glaring lie about the reason why it launched war in Iraq, how many people
are left to believe its irresponsible remarks?
Carried on the front page of People's Daily Overseas Edition on June 8, this article
is translated by People's Daily Online