China could use force: Pentagon

‘PRECISION STRIKES’:Taiwan continues to be China’s focus, but a large-scale invasion is unlikely in favor of airstrikes aimed to degrade defenses and resolve, the report said

Taipei Times
Date: May 04, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA, WASHINGTON

China could use force to push Taiwan into unification or into unification dialogue, the

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy nuclear-powered Type 094A ballistic missile submarine takes part in a military display in the South China Sea on April 12 last year.Photo: Reuters

Pentagon said in its annual military report on China issued on Thursday.

In the report submitted to the US Congress, the Pentagon said that China is likely to pursue a measured approach by demonstrating its readiness to use force or take punitive actions against Taiwan.

“The PLA [Chinese People’s Liberation Army] could also conduct a more comprehensive campaign designed to force Taiwan to capitulate to unification, or unification dialogue, under China’s terms,” the report said.

Taiwan remains the PLA’s main strategic direction and serves as one of the geographic areas Beijing identifies as having strategic importance, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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