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China’s defence white paper shows military plans amid growing tension over Taiwan, US’ presence in South China Sea

Beijing, July 24: China has denounced the United States and its partners for undermining worldwide strategic stability by developing their military presence and growing their alliances, with Beijing additionally cautioning it was prepared for war if there was a move towards Taiwan’s freedom.

The affirmations came on Wednesday as the Chinese defence ministry illustrated plans for the further modernization of the military, according to Al-Jazeera news reports. 

“International strategic competition is on the rise,” China said it a white paper which was first since 2012, which offers rare-insight into Chinese military strategy, as well as, the workings of the international military forces.

Accusing Washington of adopting “unilateral policies”, the ministry said the US “has provoked and intensified competition among major countries, significantly increased its defence expenditure, pushed for additional capacity in nuclear, outer space, cyber and missile defence, and undermined global strategic stability”.

China National Association of International Studies director Victor Gao told Al-Jazeera the paper “reflects the realities on the ground in China”.

“It emphasises that Chinese defence is very much self-defence in nature and does not constitute a threat to any neighbouring countries or any other country in the world.”

The technique was released a day after Beijing completed its first joint air patrol with Russia, activating challenges in both Japan and South Korea that their airspace in a region where both have regional claims had been breached.

The strategy calls for additional cutting-edge innovation for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), further admitting it “still lags far behind the world’s leading militaries”.

War is advancing towards “intelligence warfare”, the national security plan stated, referring to a developing utilization of AI, cloud computing, cloud computing and “new and hi-tech military technologies based on IT”.

Chinese defence ministry spokesperson Wu Qian stated the separatism threat in Taiwan was growing and cautioned those seeking the island’s independence would face a dead end.

The paper emphasized Beijing was set up to utilize power to retake the island, which is set to get a record $2.2bn worth of the American armories, including several tanks and rockets.

“China must be and will be reunited,” it said. “We make no promise to renounce the use of force, and reserve the option of taking all necessary measures.”

The paper stated America’s sending off a missile defence framework in South Korea had seriously undermined the territorial key balance.

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