China Unveils New Military Strategy Amid
The Chinese government on May 26 released its new military strategy white paper, updating the most recent document of this kind that was released in 2013.
The new strategy increases focus on China’s territorial seas and on the country’s naval force, shifting its attention towards a combination of “offshore waters defense and open seas protection.”
The document also increases China’s concentration on information warfare and cybersecurity, a current trend in armed forces worldwide.
However, the new strategy maintains the Chinese policy of avoiding preemptive measures, which implies the country will not attack any other nation if it is not attacked first.
“Some countries adopt preemptive strategies, emphasizing preventive intervention and taking the initiative in attack. Ours is totally different,” explained Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun at a press conference where the document was revealed.
The new strategy comes as tensions have mounted over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, contested by the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia. China also is in a dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
China’s release of the document coincides with the increasing role of the United States military in the region. Last week, the Chinese government denounced spying operations by the U.S. over the South China Sea.
On May 25, Japan confirmed it will participate in joint maritime military exercises with the United States and Australia, further increasing tensions.
The exercise dubbed “Talisman Sabre” will begin in mid-July and include over 30,000 U.S. and Australian personnel.
Last week, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced that 60 per cent of the U.S. Navy would be deployed to the Asia Pacific by 2020, a long-term strategy of the Obama administration to direct attention toward the region.
(TeleSUR, May 27, 2015.)