Chinese National Defence Minister Liang Guanglie on Sunday dismissed out of court suggestions that Beijing was carving out “a permanent naval presence” in India's neighbourhood in South Asia.
Answering questions at a plenary session of the 10th Asia Security Summit, organised here by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies , General Liang disclaimed moves to build naval bases at Gwadar in Pakistan and at a Sri Lankan port.
Emphasising his credentials as a member of the Chinese State Council and Central Military Commission, he said “we will have a very serious and careful study of an issue of such importance to the government and the military” like the reported move for establishing naval bases in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Indeed, “we will have exact plans and set up a panel to discuss it” if the move were for real. However, “I haven't heard of it,” said General Liang, delivering a calibrated political punch-line.
Asked by Manish Tewari, Congress party's spokesman, to spell out China's core interests in South Asia and the Indian Ocean area, General Liang said: “The core interests include anything that is related to sovereignty, stability, and form of government. China is now pursuing socialism. If there is any attempt to reject this path, it will touch upon China's core interests. Or, if there is any attempt to [encourage] any part of China to secede, that also touches upon China's core interests related to our land, sea, or air. Then, anything that is related to China's national [economic and social] development also touches upon China's core interests.”
On China's military modernisation, which the IISS experts see as a politically correct term for an arms build-up or arms race, General Liang said: “We do not have a large arsenal of ‘third generation weapons' or system-platforms. [Henry] Kissinger [former U.S. official] once told me ‘there is a clear gap between the U.S. and China.' Now, China's defence modernisation is compatible with its growth. While we focus on economic growth, we are sparing some resources for the development of the military.” (The Hindu)
Comments - 11
ruwan Monday, 06 June 2011 07:21 PM
bro USA n China are different :-| USA is an inventor and china is a duplicator - u let china in and sri lanka will become the next sudan or somalia (people suffer and the ruler will be rich)
Bumba Monday, 06 June 2011 05:07 AM
Use the Hambantota harbor. Precautions: Please fill it with water before use and flush the sand.
Tom Monday, 06 June 2011 05:28 AM
Rosh Monday, 06 June 2011 05:41 AM
Think it was preplanned China pumped in their money for the H Harbor.
palithaeka Monday, 06 June 2011 01:35 PM
Sri Lanka is a free independent nation, no need Chinese intervention
Fayad Monday, 06 June 2011 05:48 AM
No need of any foreign base in sri lanka, We need peace & stability for the future generation
Konde Bendapuchhena Monday, 06 June 2011 06:12 AM
We do not want the side of neither China nor India we are Sri lankan
Obama Monday, 06 June 2011 06:23 AM
Beware of the great hambanthota Black Rock :D
sham Monday, 06 June 2011 06:40 AM
Yes we nee the Chinese BAse in Sl , as USA did in JApan after world war 2 , than we dont want to bow any other country , v can dream one day that v can get the JApans position in the economy
IFM Monday, 06 June 2011 03:00 PM
yes,it is ,cgina bay in rinco.
ha-ha Monday, 06 June 2011 07:42 AM
Indians are panicked... they cannot match Chinese might (money and global influence). They want to spread rumour now.
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