United States of America report finds as Beijing expands military

United States of America report finds as Beijing expands military

United States of America report finds as Beijing expands military

That has led to Beijing ratcheting up economic, military and diplomatic pressure on the island of 23 million people.

The report detailed China's immediate intentions to modernize to the level of other leading militaries, including the USA military, for the objective of invading Taiwan.

Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary.

The government yesterday said that it would not bow to Chinese pressure and called for the support of the worldwide community against China's "out-of-control actions" after Beijing urged Apple, Amazon.com and other foreign companies to change the way they refer to Taiwan.

While the report says China has increased its military footprint in the South China Sea and has placed additional military facilities on man-made islands there, the Pentagon assesses that China is seeking to avoid a conflict. The growing military might of China is said to be the primary focus for acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who defense officials said has repeatedly raised China as a topic in closed-door meetings in the Pentagon since he took the Defense Department's reins January 1.

China's military will "pay any price" to ensure China's sovereignty, Li told Richardson at their Tuesday meeting. Companies including Apple and Amazon have "wrongly labelled" Taiwan and should take immediate actions to correct it, the state-run Legal Daily reported on Wednesday, citing a report released by Chinese government think tanks.

Though China's primary focus remains on defending its homeland and increasing its regional power, it has worked to establish military relationships with countries across the world, including building its first base outside of China in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa in 2017.

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"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".

In a meeting with U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson in Beijing on Tuesday, China's Chief of Staff Li Zuocheng issued a warning against foreign forces coming to Taiwan's assistance.

While the report acknowledges that China spends significantly less on defense than the some $700 billion invested by the USin 2018, it says Beijing enjoys an advantage due to the fact that "China has not had to invest in costly R&D of new technologies to the same degree as the United States". "Furthermore, China sees itself as an emerging major power that will be able to gain influence as long as it can maintain a stable periphery".

Chinese advancements in some technology will soon be among the world's most leading-edge.

The country is said to be employing "more sophisticated satellite operations" and is "probably testing on-orbit dual-use technologies" that could be applied to counterspace missions.

"More specifically", the report adds, "China believes it must plan to address the many threats to regional stability because they are individually complex and at the same time contain a potential for external actors, most importantly the United States, to become involved". Though India can not hope to match China's ever-expanding military and economic clout, even as it remains opposed to "any militarization" of the so-called "Quad" with the US, Japan and Australia to not antagonize a prickly Beijing, New Delhi certainly needs to get its act together in the IOR.

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