China's overall security environment remains sound. The country is committed to building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way and a socialist harmonious society, and it enjoys steady economic growth, political stability, ethnic harmony and social progress. Its overall national strength has considerably increased, as has its international standing and influence. China's practical cooperation with major countries continues to grow, its friendly relations with neighboring countries develop steadily, and it is forging stronger ties with other developing countries. This has given rise to a new relationship of mutual benefit and win-win between China and other countries. The Chinese Government has taken a number of significant measures to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait, thus promoting cross-strait relations toward peace and stability.
China-made third-generation Jian-10 jet fighters have been put into service.
However, China's security still faces challenges that must not be neglected. The growing interconnections between domestic and international factors and interconnected traditional and nontraditional factors have made maintaining national security a more challenging task. The struggle to oppose and contain the separatist forces for "Taiwan independence" and their activities remains a hard one. By pursuing a radical policy for "Taiwan independence," Taiwan authorities aim at creating "de jure Taiwan independence" through "constitutional reform," thus still posing a grave threat to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. The United States has reiterated many times that it will adhere to the one-China policy and honor the three joint communiques between China and the United States. But, it continues to sell advanced weapons to Taiwan, and has strengthened its military ties with Taiwan. A small number of countries have stirred up a racket about a "China threat" and intensified their preventive strategy against China and strove to hold its progress in check. Complex and sensitive historical and current issues in China's surrounding areas still affect its security environment.