China has released its latest white paper on military strategy, calling for ‘active defence’. CCTV has reported on the white paper, which was issued by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday.
As well as pledging to strengthen international security cooperation for overseas interests, China outlined a policy of ‘post-emptive attack’, whereby it ‘will not attack unless [it is] attacked, but will counterattack.’
Particular attention was also paid to four ‘critical security domains’, referring to the seas, outer space, cyberspace and nuclear force.
While its naval power grows with the operability of its first aircraft carrier, China has expanded its ‘offshore water defence’ strategy to include ‘open seas protection.’
China also declared its opposition to the weaponisation of space and vowed not to engage in a nuclear arms race.
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea loom as one of the most likely theatres of conflict. Last week, the Chinese navy repeatedly sent aggressive radio warnings to US spy planes as they flew over disputed airspace, near artificial reefs supposedly housing Chinese military installations.
You can now also keep up to date with all of China’s military manoeuvres on Weibo and Wechat.
By Liam Bourke