China building 100 silos to ‘store missiles’ reveals expert
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US spokesman Ned Price said the Peoples’ Republic of China appeared to be deviating from decades of policy based around “minimal deterrence“. He also described China‘s nuclear build-up as “concerning”.
Mr Price called on Beijing to engage with the United States to reduce “the risks of destabilizing arms races”.
He was responding to a question about a report in the Washington Post that said China had begun constructing more than 100 new missile silos in a desert area in the western part of the country.
The spokesman further encouraged China to engage with the US to minimise the risk of a destabilising arms race.
Xi JInping’s choice of words has caused a stir (Image: GETTY)
Chinese President and Chairman of the Communist Party Xi Jinping is seen on a screen (Image: GETTY)
The US was aware of Mr Jinping’s remarks earlier today, Mr Price added.
In an hour-long address from Tiananmen Square, Xi pledged to build up China’s military, committed to the “reunification” of Taiwan and said social stability would be ensured in Hong Kong while protecting China’s security and sovereignty.
He said: “The people of China are not only good at destroying the old world, they have also created a new world. Only socialism can save China.
Chinese students wave party and national flags (Image: GETTY)
“Anyone who dares try to do that will have their heads bashed bloody against the Great Wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.”
Xi and the party are riding high as China recovers briskly from the COVID-19 outbreak and takes a more assertive stance on the global stage.
However, Beijing faces external criticism over its clampdown in Hong Kong and treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, and is dealing with a worsening demographic outlook that imperils long-term economic growth.
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Members of the Chinese military orchestra march on Tiananmen Square (Image: GETTY)
Participants rehearse in Tiananmen Square before the parade (Image: GETTY)
A survey of 17 advanced economies released on Wednesday by the US-based Pew Research Center showed that views about China have remained broadly negative and confidence in Xi neared historic lows.
On Thursday, Xi said that the people of China would never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate them.
The phrase became the top trending topic on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Thursday morning.
China’s military power in numbers (Image: GETTY)
Tang Renwu, a professor of public management at Beijing Normal University, said the tough talk was in response to US and Western efforts to “contain” and “suppress” China.
Tang said: “Xi’s stronger-than-usual response would have the effect of invoking even more patriotic and nationalistic sentiment among the Chinese people.”
People gathered on Thursday in Beijing to take photographs of celebratory flyovers and sing revolutionary songs as the ruling Communist Party celebrated its 100th birthday, expressing pride in China’s development and wishes for a more powerful country.
Some congregated by an ancient canal once used to bring grain into the city, but now overshadowed by the skyscrapers of the financial district, to watch helicopters fly over, spelling out “100” across the sky.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price (Image: GETTY)
Once the helicopters and jets had disappeared into the distance towards Tiananmen, a group of laughing onlookers broke into a revolutionary song from the 1940s.
“The CCP toils for the nation,” they sang, adding, “It leads China towards the light.”
Others sat on benches watching the ceremony on their handsets.