Peace and Freedom

China is facing “unprecedented national security risks”, the ruling Communist Party’s top leaders said Friday after a monthly meeting led by General Secretary Xi Jinping.

 

The elite 25-member Politburo said in a statement that “some of the security challenges and risks are unpredictable so the country must always be mindful of potential dangers”, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Beijing will protect its national security in “a pattern with Chinese characteristics,” it added, without elaborating.

China’s relations with its Asian neighbours — particularly Japan — have been strained in recent years by a series of territorial rows in the East and South China Seas.

It also sees the US foreign policy “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region as an attempt to contain it, a claim Washington denies.

Beijing maintains that its actions are solely in defence of its own sovereign territory.

At the same time, China has cited cybersecurity…

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