|China on Saturday successfully tests its first domestically made jumbo airfreighter, Yun-20, or Transport-20, a multi-function plane for long-distance transport of cargo and passengers. (Photo/Xinhua)|
Key Words: Y-20; heavy air freighter; freighter; military
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Recently, Chinese people have heard much good news from the military industry. Soon after the “Y-20” jumbo air freighter succeeded in its first flight, there came the news that China successfully carried out its interceptor missile test. Thinking of previous outstanding performances including the launch of aircraft carrier, trial flight of the fifth-generation fighter jets and opening of Beidou satellite navigation system, Chinese people feel deeply proud.
For some narrow-minded Western media, China’s increasing military power seems to have given more evidence on the argument of “Chinese Military Threat Theory”, and makes it easy to draw a conclusion of “Every powerful country is inclined to seek hegemony”.
In fact, contrary to speculations held by some Western figures, China enhances its armament level only for the purpose of better maintaining regional and world peace. The world is not peaceful nowadays. More than 20 years have passed since the Cold War; Western countries have started five wars in a row, namely the Gulf War in 1991, the Kosovo War in 1999, the Afghanistan War in 2001, the Iraq War in 2003 and the Libya War in 2011. In retrospect of wars in the past few years, it is easy to see that the more unbalanced two countries’ military power is, the more Western powers want to start a war.
Peaceful relation between countries is established on the basis of equivalent power. Only powerful countries have the right to talk about good will and secure peaceful relations.
To realize the “Chinese Dream” of national rejuvenation is the biggest goal for China, and domestic modernization is in need of stable and peaceful external environment. However, the United States accelerates its eastern-oriented military strategy in fear of China’s rise and the security environment around China is getting increasingly complicated, casting an imminent shadow of war.
In regard to security issues, China has to rely on its own and should not anchor hope on the “good will” of our rivals. With continuous external provocation and extending security threats in east China, the news demonstrating China’s increasing military power is particularly timely. The more powerful China’s military is, the more likely the Asia-Pacific region will remain stable and peaceful.
Read the Chinese version: 中国军力越强 亚太和平越有希望, source: People's Daily Overseas Edition, author: Tian Wenlin
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