BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday issued a white paper on national defense in the new era, sending a strong signal for peace.
The white paper titled "China's National Defense in the New Era" made clear China's peaceful stance of never seeking hegemony, firmly maintaining world peace and stability and actively contributing to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
The world is witnessing changes unseen in a century. While peace is an irresistible trend in today's world, international security systems and order are undermined by growing hegemonism, power politics, unilateralism and constant regional conflicts and wars.
Humanity has once again come to a crossroads. Important choices must be made between multilateralism and unilateralism, cooperation and confrontation, win-win progress and a zero-sum game.
It is clear that China will never seek hegemony, expansion or spheres of influence. No matter how it might develop, China will never follow the beaten track that a country will inevitably seek hegemony when it becomes powerful.
China firmly believes that hegemony and expansion are doomed to failure, and security and prosperity shall be shared.
For the first time, the white paper defined the global significance of China's national defense as actively contributing to building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Peace is a common aspiration of people around the world. Development is an ever-lasting theme.
China has made every effort to create favorable conditions for its development by maintaining world peace and has equally endeavored to promote world peace through its own development.
A peaceful, stable and prosperous China brings opportunities and benefits to the rest of the world.
A strong Chinese military is a staunch force keeping world peace and contributing to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
China is committed to peaceful development and will work with people of all countries to safeguard world peace and promote common development. This is China's answer to the world.