The US has affirmed the relative transparency of China after the country laid out its military strategy in a white paper, according to Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese.
The white paper focuses on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, countermeasures for the US Asia Pivot and efforts to work together with the militaries of other countries in the region, as well as with the US.
The Pentagon said that the Chinese government informed them about the issues it would highlight in the white paper a year ago. Pentagon spokesperson General Steve Warren also said this conformed with US requests for transparency on military affairs from China.
Dennis J Blasko, an analyst with CNA’s China Security Affairs Group and a former Army attache in Beijing added that this paper clearly shows how much progress China’s military has made.
Bernard D Cole, a specialist on Sino-American relations and a marine strategy specialist from National Defense University, said China will not give up sovereignty over the South China Sea, as it is rich in natural resources.
He also said that China’s timing was suspect, given that the 14th Asian Security Summit is set to be held in Singapore on May 29th.