China would never seek hegemony or engage in military expansion now or in the future, no matter how developed it becomes, says a white paper on China’s National Defense in 2008 issued here Tuesday.
It is China’s sixth white paper on National Defense since the first one was issued by the Information Office of the State Council in 1998.
It says China advocates to settle international disputes by peaceful means, and opposes aggression, expansion and the enlargement of military alliances.
With the advent of the new century, the world is undergoing tremendous changes and adjustments, says the white paper, adding new security threats keep emerging.
Facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges, China would stick to the road of peaceful development, pursue the opening-up strategy of mutual benefit, and promote the building of a harmonious world with enduring peace and common prosperity, it says.
With regard to China’s security situation, the white paper says China’s overall national strength has increased substantially, and its capability for safeguarding national security has been further enhanced. The country’s security situation has improved steadily.
However, China is still confronted with long-term, complicated, and diverse security threats and challenges, it says. The issues of existence and development security, traditional and non-traditional security threats, as well as domestic and international security are interwoven and interactive.
Concerning world security situation, the white paper says the risk of worldwide, all-out and large-scale wars keeps low for a relatively long period of time, as the common interests of countries in the security field have increased.