24 July 2019
China lambasted the United States on Wednesday for undermining global strategic stability in its first defence white paper since Chinese President Xi Jinping initiated a sweeping military reform in 2015.
The report also accused the US of strengthening global military competition by “engaging in technological and institutional innovation in pursuit of absolute military superiority”.
Collin Koh, a research fellow with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, echoed the view by other experts about China’s assertiveness, but said Beijing’s need for a stable external environment would make it more cautious in seeking to defend its interests.
“China needs a stable environment as socio-economic development is not only the cornerstone of the Communist Party’s political legitimacy but also a vital way to mitigate the impact of the US trade war,” Koh said.
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