The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

China defence chief says military buildup no threat to the world


BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's military buildup poses no threat to the world, Defence Minister Liang Guanglie said on Tuesday in an effort to allay fears among Asian neighbours amid long-running maritime disputes.

The United States, Japan and many other South-east Asian states have frequently expressed worries about China's double-digit defence spending increases and expanding naval reach, saying Beijing's plans lack transparency.

"There is absolutely no need for that," Mr Liang said, when asked about neighbours' concerns.

"The Chinese military must develop, but there's no 'worry'or 'fear' as the outside world says," he said before a meeting with visiting US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. "That's not what China is about."