BEIJING, March 7 (ChinaMil) -- Concerning the questions about "China's opaque military spending", "China threat theory" and other questions posed by Japanese media, two senior Chinese diplomats refuted in forceful words.
Following China's publication of the defense budget of 808.23 billion yuan on March 5, 2014 , marking a 12.2% growth compared to that of 2013, some Japanese reporters filed questions about China's military spending and doubted its transparency at the panel session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held on March 6, 2014.
Cui Tiankai, member of the National Committee of the CPPCC and Chinese ambassador to the U.S., fielded the questions rhetorically: “In the history of China-Japan relationship, we have never used a gun or a bullet in the territory of Japan. Why is Japan always hyping up the issue of China's military development as a threat posed? What mindset is it when Japan is questioning the issue of China's military spending? Is it because of Japan's guilty conscience or because of its concerns that China's military development has fallen far behind its aims?”
Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua, member of the National Committee of the CPPCC and former director-general of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, straightforward commented that: "Only two major countries think that [China's military spending] is not transparent. One of them is Japan.” "Japanese people are concerned about the breakdown issues. It makes no sense to publicize the breakdowns. Should we explain to Japan that we want to build a coast defense post? Our point is to explain what projects the spending goes to. So try not to tag the focus on transparency of the military spending.”