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Iran Press TV

'China military plans seek to foil repeat of WWII defeats'

Iran Press TV

Fri May 8, 2015 7:54AM

Beijing aims to press ahead with its military buildup program in an attempt to prevent the repetition of the humiliating experiences of World War II, the media outlet of the Chinese army says.

In a lengthy editorial published on Thursday, the Chinese newspaper People's Liberation Army Daily defended Beijing's recent plans to beef up its military power, which have greatly irked the United States and its allies in the region.

'With a weak country the military will decline, and when that happens you'll get a thrashing,' said the editorial in reference to China's defeat against Japan during World War II, adding that "once a military falls behind, it will have a fatal impact upon the country's security."

The paper stated that Beijing's recent military decisions, including plans to develop stealth fighters and anti-satellite missiles, were made in regard to the current situation of the world.

'There is still a great lack of peace in the world today, and there has been no substantive change to the 'law of the jungle' in international competition,' read the editorial, adding, 'This is what requires us to quicken our step in strengthening the military, on the basis of having a strong country."

The paper also rejected the allegations that China's military buildup poses a threat to the security of the region and the world, saying those behind the 'China threat theory' have 'ulterior motives."

The editorial came after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to the Russian capital city of Moscow to take part in a ceremony honoring the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Xi is also scheduled to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to discuss ways to boost bilateral ties. The two allies recently signed a contract which made China the first buyer of Russia's S-400 missile defense systems.

Reports said that China aims to increase its military budget to USD 142.86 billion, showing a 10.1 percent increase year on year.

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