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Pentagon Report Falsely Claims China Threatens America

by Stephen Lendman

America threatens everyone – not China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, or other sovereign independent countries.

The Pentagon is Washington’s instrument for waging endless wars of aggression on nations threatening no one.

China supports world peace and stability, along with cooperative relations with other nations – opposing wars, waging none, its military solely for defense, not naked aggression the way Washington, NATO and Israel operate.

In its annual disinformation report to Congress, the Pentagon lied claiming China’s People’s Liberating Army (PLA) is able to “strike US and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including Guam” – as well as Taiwan and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific.

Military spending by China and Russia pale compared to the Pentagon’s bloated budget. 

With all categories included, US spending for militarism, war-making, and related activities is way over double the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allotted amount – as much or more than the rest of the world combined.

According to the Pentagon report,  “PLA services and support forces continue to improve training and acquire new capabilities for a Taiwan contingency.”

“China’s official defense budget has grown to roughly 15 times that of Taiwan, with much of it focused on developing the capability to unify Taiwan with the mainland by force.”

“These improvements pose major challenges to Taiwan’s security.”

Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway province. It seeks peaceful reunification with the mainland.

It calls Taiwan a core Chinese interest. It’s against US warships provocatively sailing through the Taiwan Straits, a show of force hostile to Beijing, heightening Sino/US tensions – further aggravated by trade war.

The Pentagon falsely suggested the PLA may try unifying Taiwan with mainland China by force. No evidence suggests it. Washington is a perpetual belligerent, not Beijing.

Its growing military strength is more about preventing war than waging it. Nothing suggests the PLA threatens US Pacific region bases or nations. 

On a perpetual war footing, US forces menace China, Russia’s far east, and the entire region. Beijing believes PLA military strength is a “prerequisite for peaceful reunification of Taiwan” to the mainland.

It hasn’t waged war on another nation in decades, what Washington and its imperial partners are always engaged in – peace anathema to their agenda.

Beijing’s Global Times slammed the Pentagon’s claim about a “China threat,” saying:

“As a big power with by far the biggest defense budget in the world, the US does not hold moral ground allowing it to hype the military threat of other nations.” 

“When the US appears so bold to hype the threat, it proves Washington has totally lost its moral high ground and conscience.”

The Pentagon report lied claiming “(t)he United States contributes to peace, security and stability in the Taiwan Strait by providing defense articles and services to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.”

Washington deplores “peace, security and stability” everywhere. Its permanent war agenda is humanity’s greatest threat.

The Trump regime continues Obama’s pivot to Asia – advancing America’s hostile military footprint in a part of the world not its own.

The US wants Russia and China checked politically, economically and militarily – a prescription for possible WW III.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.