U.S. 'fabricating' China threat
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Beijing has hit back at the U.S., accusing the Pentagon and a congressional commission of fabricating a 'China threat' and warning that one of the biggest risks faced by China was continuing U.S. arm sales to Taiwan.
Separately prepared reports by the Pentagon and the U.S.-China Security Review Commission released last week raised alarms about China as a potential military and economic rival.
In his first news conference since his appointment as spokesman for China's embassy in Washington, Xie Feng said the reports could jeopardize the recent gains made in Sino-U.S. ties.
"The threat to Sino-U.S. relations, the threat to world peace, doesn't lie in China but rather in these people who have fabricated this China threat," Xie said in Washington on Monday.
One report suggested that the United States adopt a tougher economic policy toward China, while the Pentagon paper said China is spending more on defense than it admits and was gaining "an increasing number of credible options to intimidate or actually attack Taiwan."
China fears that Taiwan's permanent separation from the mainland could serve as a strategic foothold for the United States, the Pentagon report said. (Full story)
Xie also called for a lifting of two-year sanctions on Chinese companies imposed by the U.S. on ten Chinese individuals or companies accused of arms or technology sales to Iran.
The latest action was announced July 19 when U.S. State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher confirmed an earlier decision to impose the two-year penalty. (Full story)
Demanding that Washington halt weapons sales to Taiwan, Xie said the threat across the Taiwan Strait lied not in China's military expansion.
"China has always been opposed to any arms sale to Taiwan by any foreign country including the United States," Xie said.
"As you all know, Taiwan is part of China, so selling arms to a province of China is really an infringement upon China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It imposes a serious threat to China."
China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and has stated its intention to reunify the island with the mainland, by force if necessary.
U.S. policy has been to help Taiwan maintain a defense capability, but Washington does not favor Taiwanese independence, backing instead the 'One China' policy.
Xie also attacked the commission report, saying that calls for a tougher economic policy on China should be rejected.
In the report, the panel concluded that the communist nation was feeding its booming military and economy by raising money in American capital markets.
The report recommended increasing restrictions including possible limits to Chinese access to the capital markets, curbing imports and adding more requirements for American businesses wanting to do business with China.
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