From the AP this morning:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department is questioning how China intends to use its rapidly expanding military power, including what it calls some “disruptive military technologies.”
This is a developing story. Check back for more details.
A new Pentagon report also says Beijing continues to develop weapons that threaten Taiwan, even though tensions between the two have been reduced significantly.
The assessment comes in the latest in a series of annual assessments for Congress of China’s military power.
The Associated Press obtained a summary of the report, due to be released later Wednesday.
It says China needs to be more open about its military modernization; otherwise it risks creating uncertainty and the potential for misunderstandings and miscalculations by other nations.
There are a considerable number of learned people who believe that Taiwan is no longer the primary, but Indonesia and the southern archipelagoes are China’s main focus, and that the technology being developed is with an eye specifically toward the United States Navy. China’s ability to deny access to this vital area of the world by the US has potentially massive strategic implications for ourselves and our allies.
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