China slammed America’s new Asian-focused defense strategy, noting that its accusations of a lack of opening in Beijing’s military policy were both “groundless and untrustworthy,” The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, the new strategy, outlined last Thursday, shifts the focus of the U.S. military away from the Middle East and makes a renewed commitment to assert American influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
In response to this new strategy, China said it was committed to peaceful development and a defensive policy. According to the AP, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters that their strategic intent was clear, open and transparent.
“Our national defense modernization serves the objective requirements of national security and development and also plays an active role in maintaining regional peace and stability. It will not pose any threat to any country,” Liu told reporters. “The charges against China in this document are groundless and untrustworthy.”
Reuters reported that the new U.S. strategy will include keeping large bases in Japan and South Korea and the deployment of marines, Navy ships and aircraft to Australia’s Northern Territory.