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China’s Military Modernizing to Invade Taiwan, Says Pentagon Report

18 January 2019, 12:55 | Vera Richards

Report: China has some of world's most advanced weapons, remains 'long way' from US military

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

Beijing has said it will not hesitate to use force if Taipei formally declares independence, or in the case of external intervention - including by the United States.

Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and Taiwan would be reunited and warned outsiders not to interfere with the country's affairs.

"Beijing's anticipation that foreign forces would intervene in a Taiwan scenario led the PLA to develop a range of systems to deter and deny foreign regional force projection", the report stated.

In addition to the DIA report, the Air Force on Wednesday released its own unclassified study on the militarization of space - which also discussed China's advanced capabilities, as well as Russia's.

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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.

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"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.

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