In response to the remarks delivered by the U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Ren Guoqiang, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, asserted on Sun, Sep 6, “It is the Chinese Communist Party’s purpose to serve the people wholeheartedly. As the armed force created and led by the Chinese Communist Party, the purpose of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has always been to serve the people wholeheartedly.” He added, “any attempts to sever the bond built by flesh-and-blood between the PLA and the Chinese people are destined to fail.”
His remarks came after Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s WSJ article, “The Pentagon Is Prepared for China“, dated Aug 24, in which he slammed the PLA that “the PLA is not a military that serves the nation, let alone a constitution, as the U.S. armed forces do. The PLA belongs to—and serves—a political entity, the Chinese Communist Party.” Sec. Esper added, “A more capable PLA is a military more able to advance the party’s domestic vision…. the PLA is a loyal tool of the Communist Party.”
After a quiet span of two weeks, the PLA finally no longer could sit still; it stood up and confronted by making an official response by Ren Guoqiang.
Ren argued the allegations made by Esper were totally groundless and full of Cold-War mentality and ideological bias, claiming “the country’s military is deeply rooted in the people and have made great contributions to achieving the nation’s independence as well as liberation of the Chinese people in terms of economic construction, disaster relief and protecting people’s life and property.”
In response to these remarks, Ren refuted, “The growth of China’s military power should be regarded as the empowerment of world peace as the Chinese Constitution rules that China pursues the path of peaceful development”. As usual, he did not forget to add, “The U.S. attempts to alienate China from other countries would never succeed as China’s efforts in maintaining world peace have been widely recognized by the international community.”
On Aug. 27, Mr. Esper delivered his keynote address in the 25th anniversary of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii. He pointed out, “The United States recognizes the dangers and is reaching out to nations around the globe to counter China’s moves”, and discussed moves needed to counter China’s malign strategy.
In this keynote speech, Sec. Esper also noted, “The Chinese Communist Party – not the people – rule China, and the leaders in Beijing have repeatedly fallen short of their promises, and China does not abide by international laws, rules or norms.” Sec. Esper further underlined, “These efforts prepare our military for future conflicts that we hope we won’t need to fight, but must – and will – be prepared to win.”
Presented by the VOG Rose Garden Team