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China's military not a threat: Major General

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China's military development will not challenge the United States, a People's Liberation Army (PLA) major general and member of the country's top political advisory body said on Wednesday.

"China is the only permanent member of the UN Security Council that has not achieved territorial integrity," said Luo Yuan, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and senior researcher with the Academy of Military Sciences.

"We need to think more on how to preserve national integrity. We have no intention of challenging the US," he added.

Luo's remarks came just before the opening of the third session of the 11th CPPCC, in response to Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, who recently said in his newly published book that China should build the world's strongest military.

"That's just his ambition," Luo said.

"China's big goal in the 21st century is to become the world's No 1, the top power," Liu wrote in The China Dream, which appeared on the bookshelves in Beijing just a few days ago.

Liu's 303-page book stands out for its boldness in a recent chorus of strong voices demanding a hard shove back against Washington over the US' arms sale to Taiwan and US President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama.

"I'm very pessimistic about the future," writes Colonel Dai Xu, in another recently published book, claiming China is largely surrounded by hostile or wary countries beholden to the US. "I believe that China cannot escape the calamity of war and this calamity may come in the not-too-distant future, at most in 10 to 20 years."

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China's military not a threat: Major General

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China's military not a threat: Major General

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.