China’s 2013 Defence White Paper

16 Apr

China's military ambition is at the heart of frantic Asian arms race

This April china has released its Defence White paper outlining developments in the armed forces (link below). Within this publication China outlines new challenges to its security stating “terrorism, separatism and extremism are on the rise” and defines Japan as “making trouble” over the “Diaoyu Islands” whilst Taiwan separatist forces are seen as “the biggest threat to the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations”. The paper also justifies the increase in military spending by explaining the developments which have occurred in the armed forces. This is the first time china has ever released actual figures on the amount of servicemen in the army, navy and air force which make up the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The paper attempts to over emphasis China’s peaceful development of the military for purposes of border security, emergence rescue and disaster relief, as well as for supporting national, economic and social development through education, training and scientific research.

Within this publication China outlines its defensive policy stating it “does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries” and “will never seek hegemony or behave in a hegemonic manner”. For other countries however, particularly those surrounding China, this has confirmed fears over the increasing strength of China’s military and readiness to attack if assaulted.


2 Responses to “China’s 2013 Defence White Paper”

  1. de1g11 April 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    This is an interesting time for China to release its defence White paper with the current dynamic situation on the Korean Peninsular. By focussing upon Japan and Taiwan the White paper may be trying to challenge american authority within the region by positioning itself so that it can tackle Japan and China.

    However it must be noted that the white paper is mainly directed by Chinas public. The disputed islands are a major factor in rallying the public and with the history between Taiwan and China there is no surprise of Chinas position in this white paper.

  2. kh13g11 May 1, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    China’s Military
    The new aircraft carrier that China is expected to build will be able to carry more fighter jets and will significantly aid their military capabilities, being able to carry thirty fighter jets. The announcement came during the 64th anniversary celebrations for the Navy’s founding. The Chinese military is gradually being reformed and spending on them has gradually been increasing
    It has always been hard though to monitor exactly what was going on with the Chinese military as like with many other things they are prone to secrecy and even denied reports that this was what they were doing in as late as September 2012.
    In a different type of security the chines have also pledged to work with the US on the issue of cyber security after they believe that an attack could be as devastating as a nuclear bomb if any sensitive information or systems were to be affected. It is warned however that there may not be swift progress on the matter.

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