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Activists protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea Pentagon Says China Military ‘Likely Training for Strikes' on US Targets
Ellis Copeland | 18 August, 2018, 17:25

It notes China has significantly bolstered its bombing capabilities and is "likely training for strikes against USA and allied targets".

It is estimated China spent more than $190bn (£149bn) on defence past year, with the Pentagon predicting a rise to $240bn (188bn) by 2028.

CNN reports that the Pentagon document also says that China "is pursuing a nuclear capability on its long-range bombers, saying the Chinese air force "has been reassigned a nuclear mission".

A Pentagon report released on Thursday claims China is "likely training for strikes" against US and allied targets.

A new Pentagon report says China's military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while "likely training for strikes" against the US and its allies.

In May, China landed a long-range nuclear-capable bomber on an island in the disputed South China Sea, a move that raised tensions in the region due to a prior commitment by China not to militarize the area.

The new report said that China's space program "continues to mature rapidly" and is also developing counterspace capabilities to "degrade and deny adversary use of space-based assets during a crisis or conflict".

As Thursday's report notes, the PLA is undergoing "the most comprehensive restructure in its history to become a force capable of fighting joint operations".

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In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible.

The US concerned about China's growing influence in the Pacific, where Washington still plays a major role.

Has China responded to the report's claims?

The US regularly seeks to demonstrate freedom of navigation with flights over the South China Sea, much of which is claimed by China, and a number of other nations.

"The PLA may continue to extend its operations beyond the first island chain, demonstrating the capability to strike USA and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including Guam". "We urge the United States to stick to its promises to China regarding Taiwan question, and uphold the one-China policy".

The Pentagon report is at pains to stress that the U.S. "seeks a constructive and results-oriented relationship with China".

"Should the United States intervene, China would try to delay effective intervention and seek victory in a high-intensity, limited war of short duration".

The US has sounded yet another warning about China's expansionist designs and coercive tactics to smother opposition from rival claimants on territorial issues, pointedly referring to the Doklam troop face-off among other such incidents, even as the Chinese defence minister is set to visit India next week.

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