BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s military warned on Saturday (August 1) on its founding anniversary of growing risks along its borders, including in the disputed waters of the South and East China Seas.
The Chinese military, the world’s largest, has embarked upon an ambitious modernization program in recent years.
That, along with rising defense spending, has jangled nerves around the region. China says it is a threat to nobody, but needs to update outdated equipment and has to be able to defend what is now the world’s second largest economy.
In a front page editorial, the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said the world was facing unprecedented changes.
“The situation surrounding our country is generally stable, but the risks and challenges are extremely severe, and the possibility of chaos and war on our doorstep has increased,” it said.