China outlined plans to build a modern, high-tech army in a national defence plan published Wednesday, while accusing Washington of undermining global strategic stability and warning against Taiwanese independence.
The first white paper since 2012 gives rare insight into the world's largest army and Beijing's military ambitions.
"International strategic competition is on the rise," the document says, adding that the United States has adjusted its national security and defence strategies and adopted "unilateral policies".
The US "has provoked and intensified competition among major countries, significantly increased its defence expenditure, pushed for additional capacity in nuclear, outer space, cyber and missile defence, and undermined global strategic stability".
The plan calls for more cutting-edge technology in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) arsenal, admitting it "still lags far behind the world's leading militaries".
Read the full article and more in Agence France-Presse.