And within this ‘active defense’ strategy, even more military cooperation with Russia is entailed.
Beijing: As tensions grow over territory in the South China Sea, China has signalled ambitions for a greater naval presence further from its shores with the unveiling of a new military strategy white paper.
Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, a spokesman for China’s Defence Ministry, Yang Yujun, denied the timing of the paper’s release had any connection with the ongoing spat with the United States, which flew a surveillance plane last Wednesday over the reef and rock formations where China is carrying out extensive land reclamation and building in the disputed waters.
But the white paper bluntly warns against countries who it considered were “busy meddling” in the South China Sea.
“A tiny few maintain constant close-in air and sea surveillance and reconnaissance against China,” the white paper said. “It is thus a long-standing task for China to safeguard its maritime rights and interests.”
The paper, released by China’s State Council, said the People’s Liberation Army Navy would gradually expand its “offshore waters defence” to include “open seas protection”.
It said it would adopt an “active defence” military strategy and speed up the development of a “cyber force” which would enhance its capabilities in the event of being targeted by cyber attack.
Full article: China releases ‘active defence’ military strategy, warns those ‘meddling’ in the South China Sea (The Age)