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2009 China Military Power Report Will Harm U.S.-China Relations, Warns Chinese Defense Ministry

Qian Lihua, Director of the Foreign Affairs office of the Chinese Defense Ministry, stated that the March release of the 2009 China Military Power Report by the U.S. Department of Defense will cause new damage to bilateral military relations. His remarks were made after a meeting between himself and David Sedney, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. The Xinhua report says that the past 30 years of exchanges have lacked a fundamental principle both countries agree to. This is the result of “a strong U.S. and a weak China.” China has invited the U.S. to observe several field exercises in the past few years, while the U.S. rarely does the same.

Source: Xinhua, March 2, 2009