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Beijing accuses Pentagon of ‘playing up Chinese military threat’

23 January 2018

China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has criticised the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) for being permeated with a “Cold War” mentality and for “playing up the so-called Chinese military threat".

MND spokesperson Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang was quoted by Chinese state-owned media as saying on 20 January that the recently published 11-page summary of the classified NDS is “full of unreal assertions of ‘zero-sum’ games and confrontations”.

The senior colonel urged Washington to view China's national defence and military build-up “rationally and objectively”, and to work with the Chinese side to “turn into reality the important consensus reached by the heads of state of the two countries in an effort to improve bilateral relations”.

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