|Beijing has criticized a report publicized by the Pentagon this week that assesses China's military capabilities, accusing the U.S. of distorting the truth. In the report, the Pentagon analyzed wide-ranging structural reforms to the military sanctioned by Chinese President Xi Jinping and accused China of expanding the influence of its armed forces in disputed territories along the nation's maritime and land borders.|
The U.S. also blamed China for stealing foreign technology and sponsoring numerous cyberattacks. China called the report "fraught with bias and Cold War thinking in total disregard of facts"
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|Hua asserted that her country was not at fault for developing its military prowess in the East and South China Seas because the territory rightfully belongs to China. The nation's vast territorial claims are disputed by a number of regional countries and the Pentagon's report stated that China regularly deploys its coast guard, maritime militia and fishing ships to enforce these claims.|