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China denounces US, defends military modernisation

China said the US report, released earlier this week, "exaggerated the so-called mainland military threat to Taiwan.

Updated: Aug 26, 2011, 10:01 AM IST

Beijing: A Pentagon report that warned China`s military modernisation could destabilises the region engaged in exaggeration and "groundless suspicion," the Chinese Ministry of Defence said on Friday in Beijing`s first official response to the report.
"China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition," the ministry said in comments faxed to a news agency.

The ministry said the US report, released earlier this week, "exaggerated the so-called mainland military threat to Taiwan," the self-ruled island that Beijing deems an illegitimate breakaway province.

"It is very normal for the Chinese military to develop and upgrade some weapons and armaments," said the Chinese defense ministry.

Bureau Report