A CNN news story on a Pentagon assessment of China’s military says, “China’s military is developing longer-range ballistic and anti-ship missiles that are “shifting the balance of power in the region” and could help Beijing secure resources or settle territorial disputes, a report released by the Pentagon said Wednesday.”
U.S. and Chinese militaries need “resumption of dialogue,” Adm. Timothy Keating told Congress.
China is continuing a large-scale military buildup of high-tech forces that includes “disruptive” anti-satellite missiles, new strategic forces, and computer attack weapons, the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on the Chinese military says.
“China has made steady progress in recent years in developing offensive nuclear, space, and cyber warfare capabilities — the only aspects of China’s armed forces that, today, have the potential to be truly global,” says the report entitled “Military Power of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)” that was released Wednesday.
By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
While noting that China has limited ability to sustain power far from its shores, the report warns that Beijing’s communist controlled armed forces “continue to develop and field disruptive military technologies, including those for anti-access/area-denial, as well as for nuclear, space, and cyber warfare, that are changing regional military balances and that have implications beyond the Asia-Pacific region.”
Anti-access and area denial weapons include precision-guided ballistic and cruise missiles and submarines that are designed to attack aircraft carriers, the report said. The report also criticized China’s arms sales to countries like Iran, Sudan and Zimbabwe. It noted that Chinese arms supplied to Iran were found to have been transferred to terrorist organizations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is a serious issue that the United States continues to monitor, the report said.
Under a section on significant developments over the past year, this year’s report for the first time described China’s efforts to develop and wage computer warfare by attacking networks and electronic infrastructure.
In 2008, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. Government, continued to be the target of intrusions that appear to have originated within the PRC, the report said.
China Objects To U.S. View
China is criticizing a newly released U.S. report on Beijing’s growing military power as interference in its internal affairs, and says it could damage military relations between the two nations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Wednesday at a regularly scheduled press conference that “China resolutely opposes it and has made solemn representation to the U.S. side.”
A U.S. Defense Department report released in Washington, D.C. said that Beijing continues to develop weapons that threaten longtime rival Taiwan, even though tensions between the two sides have been reduced significantly.
The report also said that China is developing longer range capabilities that could have an effect beyond the Asia-Pacific region.