Chinese Embassy Spokesman Xie Feng said on July 22
that the report issued by the Pentagon and the other by the
Sino-US Security Review Commission -- both issued within the
last 10 days -- "are not true to the facts.''
Xie pointed out at a press conference that
China's defence budget is the lowest of the world's biggest
countries. "It is about one-19th of the United States'
and half of Japan's. So I don't think that, militarily,
China poses any threat to any country,'' he told a news
"China is a developing
country with a relatively low GDP per capita. Our basic
national policy right now is to continue concentrating on
economic construction to further raise the living standards
of our people,'' he said.
China has a history of peace-loving. If you have studied
Chinese culture, you will find that the essence of Chinese
philosophy lies in peace and harmony,'' he said.
He noted that the map of China today is very
similar to that during the Han dynasty 2,000 years ago.
The Pentagon report estimated that the Chinese
mainland's annual military spending was as high as US$65
billion but Xie said: "I have noticed that here, in the
United States, a group of Americans have been complaining
loudly about the lack of transparency of Chinese military
spending. So I just wonder how they have come up with this
figure of US$65 billion.''
"China threat'' theory is really nothing new, Xie said.
Whenever Sino-US relations reap some progress, some people
who cling to the Cold-War mentality come back and trumpet
this theory, he said.
"The threat to
Sino-US relations and the threat to world peace do not lie
in China but rather in these people who have fabricated this
'China threat','' he said.
Turning to the
Falun Gong cult, Xie said that more and more people have
realized that the cult poses a serious threat not only to
the Chinese people but also to civilized society all over
Xie said that the cult has never
stopped breaking the law and committing crimes. The number
of deaths caused by the practice of Falun Gong in China has
exceeded 1,700, and the number of its followers who have
been diagnosed as having mental problems is in excess of
600, he said.
Misled by cult leader Li
Hongzhi's teachings, Falun Gong practitioners refuse to go
to hospital or take medication when they become ill, Xie
As a result, some practitioners have
died because of delayed treatment, while others have
suffered from mental disorder. Some committed suicide or
even killed their own relatives, he said.
June, cult members based outside China interfered with the
State-run satellite Sinosat to broadcast cult propaganda on
the frequencies used by Chinese radio and television
"By openly and deliberately
attacking Sinosat in contempt of international laws and
regulations, the Falun Gong cult unscrupulously upset the
order of wireless communications and launched a challenge
against civilization,'' Xie said.
international community should unite in condemning and
punishing this cult,'' he added.