Ambassador Ma Xinmin Publishes Article Titled China's Military Strength Aims at Defense on Sudan Vision
On November 19th, Chinese Ambassador to Sudan Ma Xinmin publishes an signature article titled China's Military Strength Aims at Defense for the China Focus Column on Sudan Vision. The full text is as follows:
At the grand ceremony held at the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also the general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), delivered an important speech at the Tian'anmen Rostrum and reviewed the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The military parade, showcasing the great power's latest and modernest weapons that impressed the world, was the first overall demonstration of Chinese armed forces after the comprehensive reform and restructuring in recent years. People all over the world cannot help but ask, what is the purpose of China's strengthening its military?
China's strong military is built under the defense policy that is defensive in nature. No matter what stage of development China reaches, it will never pursue hegemony or expansion, nor will it seek to create spheres of influence. Instead, China adheres to principles of defense, self-defense and post-strike response, keeps to the stance that "we will not attack unless we are attacked, but we will surely counterattack if attacked", and pursues a nuclear strategy of self-defense. The socialist system of China, the strategic decision to follow the path of peaceful development, the independent foreign policy of peace, and the best of cultural traditions – considering peace and harmony as fundamentals – determine that China pursues a national defense policy defensive in nature. Since its founding 70 years ago, China has never started any war or any conflict. History proves and will continue to prove that China will never follow the beaten track of big powers in seeking hegemony.
China's strong military aims to safeguard its territorial sovereignty, national security and maritime rights and interests. With a land border of more than 22,000 kilometers and a coastline of over 18,000 kilometers, China surpasses most countries in the number of neighbors, the length of land border, and the complexity of maritime security--China's homeland still faces security threats; land territorial disputes are yet to be completely resolved; disputes still exist over the territorial sovereignty of the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea, as well as maritime demarcation. Taking resolutely safeguarding China's sovereignty, security and development interests as the fundamental goal of China's national defense in the new era, China's armed forces maintain a rigorous guard against encroachments, sabotages and/or embarrassments, so as to safeguard its border security and stability and to deter and resist aggression.
China's strong military aims to oppose and contain separatist forces for "Taiwan independence". China has not yet achieved complete reunification. Solving the Taiwan problem remains the fundamental interests of the Chinese people and thus unavoidable in realizing the Great Rejuvenation. The Chinese government adheres to the principles of "peaceful reunification" and "one country, two systems" and resolutely opposes any attempts or actions to split the country and/or any foreign interference to this end. If anyone attempts to separate Taiwan from China, the armed forces of China, in order to safeguard the national unity, with all its resolution, will defeat it, at all costs.