In a written introduction accompanying the report, the Defense Intelligence Agency's director, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, wrote that China has used a variety of means to acquire advanced technology to bolster its military capabilities despite some countries attempting to limit its access to that technology over global concerns about Beijing's human rights policies.
Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, travel past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing Thursday Sept. 3, 2015.
The report adds China has probably used unfair means to acquire cutting edge military technology.
In mid-2016, China allocated United States dollars 600 billion as part of a three-year plan (2016-2018) to continue improving its transportation network and passed the Defence Transportation Law (DTL) authorising the management, development and production of dual-use facilities and equipment to support national and regional PLA operations, the report said. "By doing so, China has been able to focus on expediting its military modernization at a small fraction of the original cost", it said.
"These countries continue to develop, test and proliferate sophisticated anti-satellite weapons to hold USA and allied space assets at risk", the Air Force report says.
"The result ... is a PLA on the verge of fielding some of the most modern weapon systems in the world".
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen refused to acknowledge a "one China" solution and said she will not back down, despite losing re-election to a more Beijing-friendly opponent.
Speaking to reporters in Washington on Tuesday, a senior defense official admitted that he was anxious about China now having the confidence to pull off major military moves - such as invading Taiwan. Taiwan has been independent since 1949, when China's old regime took refuge in the aftermath of the Communist Party's revolution. "I think that they are fairly comfortable with the progress they've made in building out this infrastructure down there, and then working on negotiations with the other claimant states over a longer term", the senior defense official said.
Bernie Sanders apologizes to women harassed during his campaign
He projected more contrition on Thursday, saying that "our standards, our procedures, our safeguards, were clearly inadequate". Becker then grabbed the woman and held her wrists as he forcibly kissed her, putting his tongue in her mouth, the woman said.
Democrats pass legislation to end U.S. government shutdown
The California Democrat has spent her political career being underestimated, only to prove the naysayers wrong. "No, no. McConnell said the Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of getting Trump's signature.
Didn’t know about allegations Manafort shared polling
Prosecutors say Manafort acknowledged the meeting only after being told that they were in the same city on the same day. CNN reporters had first observed Fabrizio at the special counsel's office in Februrary 2018, according to the report.
Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive
December 29: A Chinese court orders a retrial for Schellenberg, raising the possibility of a harsher sentence, including death. There were reports that has confirmed the detention of Spavor and Kovrig were tied to the arrest of Huawei's CFO.
Newcomer Rachel Zegler to Play Maria in West Side Story Remake
Other people set to star in the film include Billy Elliot's David Alvarez as Bernardo and Josh Rivera as the character Chino . Tony Kushner ( Munich , Lincoln ) is writing the screenplay, which is being adapted from the original 1957 Broadway musical.
Shutdown restricting visits, cleaning at national parks
And for those planning a visit there, Lost Horse Mine Road and Rattlesnake Canyon are also closed effective immediately. Many National Parks have resorted to partial road closures to help curtail the number of users entering remote areas.
Nadal flies into Open round two as Sharapova sends warning
No. 5 Sloane Stephens opened the day in Rod Laver Arena with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over her junior doubles partner Timea Babos. Rafael Nadal made a winning return to tennis with a first-round victory over James Duckworth at the Australian Open .