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Defense Minister Liang Guanglie doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. Sure, his department has overseen double-digit increases in defense spending; and sure, the Foreign Ministry has been engaging in some serious sabre rattling over disputed territories; and maybe China has expanded its naval reach to a level never seen before. But that’s nothing to be worried about!
“There is absolutely no need for that,” Liang told Reuters, when asked about neighbors’ concerns.
“The Chinese military must develop, but there’s no ‘worry’ or ‘fear’ as the outside world says,” he said before a meeting with visiting U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “That’s not what China is about.”
Earlier this week China unveiled its new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or ‘drones’) at the Zhuhai Air Show. According to Defense News:
The Wing Loong received the most attention at Zhuhai due to reports of export deals in the works, but there were few details and it was the only static display of an operational UCAV at the show. With four hard points for weapons, armaments on display were the BA-7 semi-active, laser-guided, air-to-ground missile; LS-6/50-kilogram miniature guided bomb; and the YZ-102A precision-guided bomb and YZ-121 laser-guided bomb.
Mock-ups of the drone attacking unidentified naval vessels were shown to attendees. Previous expos featured videos of the drones attacking and sinking US aircraft carriers. As Minister Liang says, there’s nothing to be worried about here whatsoever.