China grills the US over cold-war mentality

By Monitoring Desk
Thursday – April 15, 2021
BEIJING (China): Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Zhao Lijian grilled the United States (US) on its office of the director of national intelligence (ODNI) report and stated, Wednesday, “The report makes a very partial interpretation of the development of China’s space capabilities and claims that China poses a threat in space, the real purpose is to justify its efforts to seek hegemony in space, it is just another example showing how the US subscribes to the cold-war mentality, hype up major power rivalry, and deflect its own responsibilities.”

According to press releases, in the US the national intelligence director Avril Haines, in coordination with intelligence community leaders, released to congress, on Tuesday, an unclassified annual report of worldwide threats to the national security.

The ODNI report mentioned, “China will continue pursuing its goals of becoming a great power, securing what it views as its territory, and establishing its preeminence in regional affairs by building a world-class military, potentially destabilising international norms and relationships. China’s military commitment includes a multiyear agenda of comprehensive military reform initiatives.”

It continued, “Beijing will continue the most rapid expansion and platform diversification of its nuclear arsenal in its history, intending to at least double the size of its nuclear stockpile during the next decade and to field a nuclear triad. Beijing is not interested in arms control agreements that restrict its modernisation plans and will not agree to substantive negotiations that lock in US or Russian nuclear advantages.”

The ODNI report noted, “Beijing is working to match or exceed US capabilities in space to gain the military, economic, and prestige benefits that Washington has accrued from space leadership.”

It alerted, “Counter-space operations will be integral to potential military campaigns by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and China has counter space-weapons capabilities intended to target US and allied satellites.”

Back in Beijing, the Chinese FO spokesperson Lijian responded, “In fact, the US itself is the top threat to outer space security. It openly defines space as a war-fighting domain, has put in place a space force and space command, develops and tests offensive counter-space systems, and plans to deploy space-based missile interceptors, exacerbating the momentum of weaponising space and turning it into a war-fighting domain and provoking an arms race in space.”

He continued, “Besides, it has long been stonewalling international efforts towards outer space arms control. It even singlehandedly thwarted efforts by the United Nations (UN) group of governmental experts on the prevention of an arms race in outer space to conclude a report.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Lijian said, “China’s space exploration at a reasonable and steady pace serves to meet the needs in economic, social, technological and security fields. It is also China’s contribution to mankind’s exploration and development of space technology. Our capabilities pose no threat to anyone and do not breach any existing international obligations.”

He elaborated, “In the meantime, China actively practices the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind in space. We advocate peaceful uses of outer space and oppose weaponisation of and arms race in outer space. We believe the international community should start negotiation on an instrument on outer space arms control as soon as possible. China and Russia have jointly submitted a draft treaty on arms control in outer space to the conference on disarmament, providing a useful basis for international negotiation.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Lijian asserted, “To ensure the peaceful uses of space and prevent weaponisation of and arms race in outer space is not only in the interest of all countries, but also a shared responsibility. The US should earnestly assume its responsibilities as a major power, examine its negative moves and stop attempts to paint China as a threat in outer space. It should join the international community to prevent weaponisation of and arms race in outer space and contribute to lasting peace and security in space.”

He highlighted, “China’s nuclear disarmament policy has been consistent and clear. We stand for and advocate the comprehensive prohibition and complete elimination of nuclear weapons. China always follows the principle of no-first-use of nuclear weapons anytime and under any circumstance, and commits itself to not using or threatening to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states or nuclear-weapon-free zones unconditionally. Our nuclear force is always kept at the minimum level required by national security. Under the current situation, China's development and maintenance of limited nuclear power is necessitated by safeguarding national security, deterring nuclear warfare and upholding world peace and stability.”

Chinese FO spokesperson Lijian lashed, “What stands in contrast is that in recent years, the US has been investing generously to upgrade its nuclear triad, developing low-yield nuclear weapons, lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons, rolling out nuclear deterrence strategies tailor-made for other countries and advancing the deployment of missile defence systems. All these moves severely undermined global strategic stability. It is known to all that the US has the world’s largest and most advanced nuclear arsenal. It should earnestly fulfil its special and primary responsibilities in nuclear disarmament, further drastically and substantively reduce its nuclear stockpile, so as to create conditions for realising comprehensive and complete nuclear disarmament.”

He noted, “Some individuals and agencies in the US have been hyping up various versions of China’s military threat. This pointless attempt belies an ulterior motive. China firmly rejects it. If this US intelligence agency really cares about the issue of nuclear threat, a piece of suggestion is that it should look into the threats posed by US nuclear arsenal and policy to the world and release timely reports on that.”