Pentagon report stokes worries of Chinese attack

PRIORITY: China’s goal of unification with Taiwan and expectation of foreign intervention has been the ‘primary driver’ for its military modernization, the report said

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 17, 2019

The Pentagon on Tuesday released a report that lays out US concerns about China’s

A member of the Chinese military marches before a welcoming ceremony for US President Donald Trump in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.
Photo: AP

growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack on Taiwan.

The key concern is that as China upgrades its military equipment and technology, and reforms how it trains and develops troops, it becomes more confident in its ability to wage a regional conflict, a senior US defense intelligence official told reporters.

Beijing has made it clear that asserting sovereignty over Taiwan is its top priority, they said.

Although China could easily fire missiles at Taiwan, it does not yet have the military capability to successfully invade, the official added.    [FULL  STORY]

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