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World China Military Vows to 'Not Lose A Single Inch' of Ancestors' Lands in Asia

03:02  02 march  2021
03:02  02 march  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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China is committed to peace but will not give up "even one inch " of territory, President Xi Jinping has said, after talks with visiting US Defence Secretary James Mattis. Tensions between both countries are mounting over trade hostilities and China 's increasingly assertive claims to territory in the South China Sea. Mr Xi added that China had peaceful intentions, but reasserted his view that there would be no concessions from China about what it considers to be Chinese territory. "We cannot lose even one inch of the territory left behind by our ancestors ," Mr Xi said, according to Chinese state media.

China said Tuesday that it "will not stand idly by" and will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia -Pacific region, which Washington has said it plans to do within months. The statement from the director of the foreign ministry's Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, follows the U.S.'s withdrawal last week from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a move Fu said would have a "direct negative impact on the global strategic stability" as well as security in Europe and the Asia -Pacific region.

China's armed forces have vowed not to cede any ancestral lands, nor annex any new ones, amid the protracted territorial disputes pitting powers against one another in Asia.

a group of people walking down the street: A border defense company attached to the People's Liberation Army train in Hami, Xinjiang region in this photo published February 22. The Chinese region has been at the center of international media attention both due to the vocational camps housing scores of members of the Muslim Uighur minority community, and its proximity to a border standoff with neighboring India. © Chinese People's Liberation Army A border defense company attached to the People's Liberation Army train in Hami, Xinjiang region in this photo published February 22. The Chinese region has been at the center of international media attention both due to the vocational camps housing scores of members of the Muslim Uighur minority community, and its proximity to a border standoff with neighboring India.

"We cannot lose a single inch of the lands we inherited from our ancestors," the Chinese Defense Ministry's Information Bureau said in a statement published Monday in response to a question on China's national defense strategy, "and we would not take a single cent of others' possessions."

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It says that senior military leaders have warned the US could " lose its military -technical superiority in the coming years" if China leapfrogs it by adopting AI-enabled systems more quickly - for example by using swarming drones to attack the US Navy. The report predicts AI will transform "all aspects of military affairs", and talks of rival algorithms battling it out in the future. And while it warns that badly-designed AI systems could increase the risk of war, it adds that "defending against AI-capable adversaries without employing AI is an invitation to disaster".

Also, Chinese military generals are just high ranking officials in the Chinese communist party with very little to no experience and is riddled with corruption. Also PLA soldiers spend 20–30% of their time to train on the political and ideologies of the Communist Party. However that doesn't mean that they In fact, it was US that lost a legal case in Nicaragua vs US in the REAL international court and refused to pay, even vetoing Security Council several times. It even went against the wishes of the entire UN Assembly as it continues to refuse the fine assessed against it! What moral authority does US have

The remarks echoed comments earlier made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to then-Defense Secretary James Mattis during a June 2018 visit to Beijing. Tensions have since worsened between the world's two largest economies, expanding the rift in their rival geopolitical views in areas such as Taiwan and the East and South China Seas.

But the Information Bureau said Beijing could both seek to safeguard Chinese sovereignty and keep the peace at the same time.

"China's socialist nature, strategic decision-making on the path of peaceful development, independent foreign policy of peace and the Chinese cultural tradition of 'peace is the most precious' determine that China will unswervingly pursue a defensive national defense policy and insist on never seeking hegemony," the statement said.

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The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has grown and modernized rapidly since China reopened to the world in the 1980s, but under Xi that pace has accelerated with a focus on fighting and winning future wars.

By turning these rocks into military bases, the Chinese are now able to support hundreds of ships, bolstering their presence in the region. They are using fishing boats, surveillance ships, and navy destroyers to set up blockades around other countries’ islands and defend their own. As China deploys more of its military to the Spratlys, other countries are getting nervous and building up their own islands. It’s a complex situation that will continue to gain international attention, for better or for worse.

"Never expanding and never seeking spheres of influence are the distinctive features of China's national defense in the new era," the statement said.

Since the founding of what Chinese authorities call "New China," or the establishment of the People's Republic by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, the statement said the country's leadership has "never proactively provoked a war, and we have never invaded an inch of land in other countries."

Since the dawn of modern China, the country has battled separatist movements and fought a number of limited border conflicts along its boundaries, including against India, Vietnam and the former Soviet Union. In an ongoing dispute incorporating both of these elements, China continues to threaten forced reunification with Taiwan, an autonomous island led by a government calling itself the Republic of China after losing a civil war with the mainland.

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The Chinese call their country Zhongguo, which means “Central Country” or “Middle Kingdom.” The name China was given to it by foreigners and is probably based on a corruption of Qin (pronounced “chin”), a Chinese dynasty that ruled during the 3rd century bc. In 1949 the Chinese Communist Party won the civil war and established the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the mainland. The Kuomintang fled to the island province of Taiwan, where it reestablished the Nationalist government. The Nationalist government controlled only Taiwan and a few outlying islands but initially retained

Despite several military -level talks, tensions continue. The most recent skirmish - on 20 January - left troops on both sides injured. It took place along the border in India's Sikkim state, which is sandwiched between Bhutan and Nepal. The year 2020 was particularly violent. The June clash in the Galwan Valley - fought with sticks and clubs, not guns - was the first fatal confrontation between the two sides since 1975. India acknowledged its deaths. China did not comment on reports it also suffered fatalities. In August, India accused China of provoking military tensions at the border twice within a week.

The United States switched international recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but continues to maintain informal ties and provide military assistance to Taipei despite Chinese protests. The policy was expanded by former President Donald Trump, and President Joe Biden has vowed to continue supporting Taiwan.

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Navy sent the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur across the Taiwan Strait to demonstrate "the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific." China accused the U.S. of conducting destabilizing moves in the region.

The new U.S. administration has also rejected China's claims to the South China Sea and contested land formations such as the Spratlys and Paracel Islands. The U.S. has conducted "freedom of navigation" operations in the area, sometimes joined by international partners, to challenge China's position.

The Chinese Defense Ministry's Information Bureau accused nations acting in this capacity of "creating tension, interfering in regional affairs, and harming the common interests of regional countries," without naming the U.S. The Ministry said it hoped these countries would instead "make constructive contributions to peace and stability in the South China Sea, and refrain from making trouble and provoking tensions in the region, and will not make troubles or stir up the situation in the South China Sea."

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Frictions have also emerged in the East China Sea. Here, Biden's officials have expressed concern over Chinese actions near the Pinnacle Islands, under the control of U.S. ally Japan, which China claims as their own.

The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory, which has sufficient historical and legal basis," the Chinese Defense Ministry's Information Burea said Monday, using the Chinese name for the island referred to as Senkaku by Japan. "The law enforcement activities carried out by Chinese government ships within the territorial waters of the country are legitimate and undisputed, and will continue to be normalized."

After members of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party suggested the Japanese Coast Guard could use lethal force to fend off Chinese vessels, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin doubled down on claims to what he too called "China's inherent territory."

"China is determined and firmly resolved to safeguard its territorial sovereignty, and will resolutely respond to any provocative and dangerous action against the Diaoyu Island," Wang said.

a group of people walking in the snow: This video frame grab taken from footage recorded in mid-June 2020 and released by China Central Television (CCTV) on February 20 shows Chinese (foreground) and Indian soldiers (R, background) during an incident where troops from both countries clashed in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, in the Karakoram Mountains in the Himalayas. AFP/China Central Television © AFP/China Central Television This video frame grab taken from footage recorded in mid-June 2020 and released by China Central Television (CCTV) on February 20 shows Chinese (foreground) and Indian soldiers (R, background) during an incident where troops from both countries clashed in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, in the Karakoram Mountains in the Himalayas. AFP/China Central Television

A new front for China flared up last year as personnel of the People's Liberation Army clashed with Indian troops at the border between China-administered Aksai Chin and India-administered Ladakh. Both sides blame each other for the first bloodshed in this conflict in nearly half a century, with India admitting 20 losses and China acknowledging four.

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Though traditionally non-aligned, India has grown close to the U.S. in recent years. The two are joined by Australia and Japan to form the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, which is increasingly seen as a quasi-coalition against China, and the foursome met last week to discuss regional security.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price vowed the U.S. would continue to weigh in on China's domestic affairs, and approach China "through the prism of competition from a position of strength." This included joint action with the Quad and other allies and partners across the globe.

Beijing sees this gathering and the broader attempt by Washington to rally the international community against China's rise as a potential threat.

"The world today has entered a new era of peace, development, cooperation, and win-win outcomes," the Chinese Defense Ministry's Information Bureau said. "The strengthening of the military alliance system against third parties is entirely a product of the Cold War mentality. It has long been outdated and should have been swept into the garbage dump of history."

Rather, the bureau called for an improvement in bilateral relations between the U.S. and China, including in the military realm.

"Sino-U.S. relations are at an important juncture," the bureau said. "Cooperation between China and the United States will benefit both sides, and struggle will hurt both. Cooperation is the only correct choice for both parties."

map: A map published by the U.S. Department of Defense shows several territorial disputes involving China, as of January 1, 2020. U.S. Department of Defense © U.S. Department of Defense A map published by the U.S. Department of Defense shows several territorial disputes involving China, as of January 1, 2020. U.S. Department of Defense

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