China's modernized military could threaten Taiwan, U.S. report says

People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps members at a military port in Zhanjiang Guangdong province China on Dec. 9 2018 of China. The 31st fleet left Zhanjiang for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia

And past year the Pentagon disinvited China to a major, multinational Pacific exercise, citing Beijing's militarisation of man-made islands in the South China Sea. The report is DIA's first-ever unclassified, comprehensive assessment of the Chinese military.

China has tripled its military spending since 2002, hitting roughly £155billion past year.

"The biggest concern is that as a lot of these technologies mature...[the Chinese] will reach a point where internally - within their decision-making - they will decide that using military force for a regional conflict is something that is more imminent", the official said, speaking under the condition of anonymity. Though India can not hope to match China's ever-expanding military and economic clout, even as it remains opposed to "any militarization" of the so-called "Quad" with the US, Japan and Australia to not antagonize a prickly Beijing, New Delhi certainly needs to get its act together in the IOR.

"China's military strategy remains focused on developing the capability to dissuade, deter, and if ordered, defeat a potential third-party intervention in regional conflicts", says the report.

Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen has made national defense a priority while refusing China's demand that she recognise Taiwan as a part of China. It might seek such relationships elsewhere in the coming years, the DIA report states. "As it continues to grow in strength and confidence, our nation's leaders will face a China insistent on having a greater voice in global interactions, which at times may be antithetical to US interests", the report said.

In the talks, Chinese General Li Zuocheng, chief of China's Central Military Commission Joint Staff Department, stressed that Taiwan was "China's internal affairs" and that Beijing would allow "no external interference". "Furthermore, China sees itself as an emerging major power that will be able to gain influence as long as it can maintain a stable periphery". "India continues to suffer due to its tendency to over-promise and under-deliver to IOR countries", said a senior official.

"Despite Trump tweeting, "... the United States Treasury has taken in MANY billions of dollars from the Tariffs we are charging China and other countries that have not treated us fairly", the head of the conservative and business-friendly U.S. Chamber of Commerce begged to differ.

"China also has developed the world's first roadmobile, anti-ship ballistic missile, a system specifically created to attack enemy aircraft carriers", it says.

Chinese advancements in some technology will soon be among the world's most leading-edge.

The official called such advancements "concerning", but concluded the Chinese military as a whole remained "a long way" from being in a position to truly challenge the US military.

"They could order them to go today, but I don't think they're particularly confident in that capability", the official said. "The challenge, of course, is for measuring against a globally active USA military that has many different missions and many different tasks, so I think there's a very long way for the PLA to reach that level".

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