Reporter: According to media reports, on the 4th of this month, Vice President Burns made a speech to criticize China's domestic and foreign policies, in which he criticized China for expanding its military strength, increasing military expenditure and accusing China of "militarization" in the South China Sea. How do you comment on this?
Wu Qian: the speech is full of unwarranted accusations and slander against China. We firmly oppose this.
In his speech, the United States accused China of rapid military spending growth, but also announced that US defense spending increased to $716 billion. This thinking and logic is typical of "state officials are allowed to set fire, and people are not allowed to light lamps". In fact, China's defense budget is only a quarter of that of the United States, and per capita military spending is only one-nineteenth of that of the United States. China resolutely pursues a defensive national defense policy and an active defensive military strategy. It has always followed the path of peaceful development and is committed to providing more public security products for the international community. The growth of China's military strength is entirely the growth of the world peace force.
With the concerted efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea has generally stabilized. However, the United States frequently dispatched warplanes to the South China Sea to attract foreign countries to conduct highly targeted joint military exercises and cruises in the South China Sea, which is the militarization of the South China Sea.
We hope that the United States will treat China and its armed forces rationally and objectively, strengthen strategic communication with China, prevent strategic misjudgments, enhance strategic mutual trust and ensure that relations between the two armies can move forward in the right direction.
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