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China would never seek hegemony

China would never seek hegemony or engage in military expansion now or in the future, no matter how developed it becomes, says a white paper on China's National Defense in 2008 issued in Beijing on Jan. 20.

It is China's sixth white paper on National Defense since the first one was issued by the Information Office of the State Council in 1998.

It says China advocates to settle international disputes by peaceful means, and opposes aggression, expansion and the enlargement of military alliances.

With the advent of the new century, the world is undergoing tremendous changes and adjustments, says the white paper, adding new security threats keep emerging.

Facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges, China would stick to the road of peaceful development, pursue the opening-up strategy of