The China Post
By: Christopher Bodeen ,AP
BEIJING — Mainland China’s Defense Ministry says the commander of U.S. forces
in the Pacific smeared China while seeking additional defense funding from Congress, in the latest accusation in a war of words accompanying rising tensions in the South China Sea.
Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian on Thursday strongly criticized Adm. Harry Harris Jr.’s testimony before Congress, in which Harris said China was militarizing the economically and strategically vital waterway and seeking “hegemony” in East Asia. China adamantly denies such accusations and says Washington and its allies are responsible for raising tensions.
“I have noted that according to media reports, Adm. Harris made his remarks while seeking additional defense budget funds from Congress,” Wu told reporters at a monthly news briefing.
“We don’t interfere in your seeking defense budget funds, but you can’t carelessly smear China while asking for more money,” Wu said.
In his testimony before the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Harris commented on the Chinese armed forces’ construction and extension of islands in the highly disputed South China Sea. China is also adding airstrips, harbors, radar stations and other infrastructure and deploying surface-to-air missiles on some.
Harris described Chinese militarization as being “as certain as a traffic jam” in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, he told senators that to believe otherwise, “you have to believe in a flat Earth.” [FULL STORY]