The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has published a new report warning that China’s rapidly modernizing military poses a potent threat to security in Asia.
The 140-page report, published Tuesday, is titled: “China Military Power: Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win.” It notes that ongoing tension over the status of Taiwan is a key factor in China’s huge investment in its military forces in recent years.
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“Beijing’s longstanding interest to eventually compel Taiwan’s reunification with the mainland and deter any attempt by Taiwan to declare independence has served as the primary driver for China’s military modernization,” DIA Director Lieutenant General Robert Ashley wrote.
“China is building a robust, lethal force with capabilities spanning the air, maritime, space and information domains which will enable China to impose its will in the region. 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 U.S. interests.”
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