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first_imgThe US, which has accused the Chinese military of lacking in transparency, deliberately distorted Chinas defence policies and unfairly depicted Chinas activities in the East China Sea and South China Sea, a statement issued by Chinese Defence Spokesman ColYang Yujun said.”China follows a national defence policy that is defensive in nature. Moves such as deepening military reforms and the military buildup are aimed at maintaining sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and guaranteeing Chinas peaceful development,” Yang said, adding that the US side has always been suspicious.Yang stressed Chinas construction on the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea serves mostly civilian purposes and helps fulfil its international responsibilities and obligations by providing more public goods.The South China Sea has become a major flash point for military tensions between China and the US in recent years as Beijing which claims sovereignty over all most all of the South China sea sought to assert its claim by building artificial islands with military facilities.The Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan contested Chinas claims.Backing the small states, the US has so far sent three warships through the waters around the artificial islands to asset the right for freedom navigation.In his statement, Yang said it is the United Stateswhich has been flexing military muscles by frequently sending military aircraft and warships to the region. PTI KJV NSAlast_img

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