Tuesday, February 27, 2007

China rejects U.S. criticism of military build-up

Feb 27, 2007 — BEIJING (Reuters) - China dismissed U.S. criticism of its military build-up on Tuesday, saying the world's most populous country was an important force for world peace.

Vice President Dick Cheney raised concerns about China's military build-up last week and said an anti-satellite test was not consistent with Beijing's stated goal of a "peaceful rise."


"China adheres to the road of peaceful development, and it is an important power for the preservation of the world peace and promotion of world development," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news conference on Tuesday.

"It can be proved from China's stance and the role it has played in North Korea's nuclear issue," Qin said, adding that China had also opposed the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their carriers.

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