China Stresses Measures on Safeguarding National Security
    2014-03-04 20:46:21         Web Editor: Mao

A spokesperson for China's top legislature on Tuesday defended the country's defense policies, saying that peace can only be preserved with strength.

CRI's Liu Kun has more.


At Tuesday's press conference, Fu Ying, spokesperson for the 12th NPC, also speaks about the necessity of a strong military force for defending China's sovereign interests.
Fu Ying stresses that China has never treated any country as an enemy or a threat.
She adds that as a major global power, China is also responsible for regional peace and security.

"Looking at the country's history and experiences, we believe peace and security can only be preserved with strength. If do we do not have a strong national defense system, we won't be able to ensure that our people will live and work in a peaceful environment. As China's modernization progresses, our defensive power will continue to improve, too. It's a universal rule and the modernization of our defensive power is widely supported by the Chinese people."

Fu Ying has also taken the time to condemn the terror attack at Kunming Railway Station on Saturday.

She calls for understanding and cooperation from the international community in fighting terrorism.

Fu Ying's remark is echoed by some delegates to this year's NPC session.

Zhang Zhaoan, an economist and a NPC deputy, says he believes safeguarding national security requires the establishment of a national security commission.

The establishment of the commission was agreed to at the 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee last November.

And more details on the function and hierarchy of it are expected to be released at this year's annual session of the NPC.

"National security is very important to every country in the world. The most urgent need for China now is reform of the structural design at the top government level with the creation of a security commission to coordinate and integrate resources. I think to establish a national security commission will benefit the construction of a more comprehensive security system in the country."

Shen Jiru is an expert on national security strategy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, agrees.

He further explains that the commission's responsibility will also include domestic issues such as economy, public health, religion and ethnic affairs, because security has a much broader sense in today's world.

"China has become the second largest economy in the world and we have a population of 1.3 billion people. As a large country, we have a lot of issues in national defense and foreign affairs to tackle with. The establishment of national security commission signifies that China's security strategy has entered a more mature stage and China will be more capable to deal with both internal and external security issues."

For CRI, this is Liu Kun.


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