China said on Wednesday that the United States was “the greatest disruptor of regional peace and stability” in the world, in a scathing response Wednesday to a Pentagon report released October 19 on the country’s growing military buildup. China.
The annual report required by Congress is one of the ways the Pentagon measures the military capabilities of China, which the US government considers its main threat in the Asia-Pacific region and the main long-term security challenge for America.
The Chinese Defense Ministry’s statement issued in response called the Pentagon report’s findings false and in turn used them to retaliate against recent U.S. actions aimed at aiding Israel and Ukraine, as well as the construction of military installations around the world.
“The United States sent depleted uranium munitions and cluster bombs to Ukraine, sent its battle groups to the Mediterranean, and sent weapons and munitions to Israel. Is this the so-called “gospel” that the “human rights defender” is bringing to the region? » said Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
The Pentagon report builds on a warning last year that China was rapidly increasing its nuclear force, alongside a general buildup of its military. The previous warning said Beijing was on track to nearly quadruple the number of nuclear warheads it has, to 1,500 by 2035.
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi will visit the United States on Thursday ahead of a possible meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in November. Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated since 2018, initially over a trade dispute but extending to the pandemic and China’s actions in Xinjiang and Taiwan.
China also made sure to address Taiwan in its response. The Pentagon report says China is intensifying its military, diplomatic and economic pressure on the self-governing island.
China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has become more open with this claim in recent years. This claim has become one of the main points of tension between China and the United States, as American support for Taiwan has increased. The United States has also sold billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Taiwan, which the island’s government said were intended for self-defense and deterrence.
“We urge the United States to stop using any excuse or method to strengthen military ties between the United States and Taiwan and illegally arm Taiwan in any way,” the spokesperson said.
The United States provides sales to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act, passed by Congress in 1979 to ensure that the island is capable of defending itself.