China, in recent years, has continued to increase military exercises with focuses on land, sea, and air. A report from the Pentagon now claims the country is “likely” training pilots for missions that would directly target the United States.
“Over the last three years, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets,” the report states.
The “Annual Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” focuses on Chinese military developments over the last year.
The report also notes that China is working towards the integration of nuclear capabilities for its long-range bombers. “The deployment and integration of nuclear capable bombers would, for the first time, provide China with a nuclear ‘triad’ of delivery systems dispersed across land, sea, and air,” the report reveals.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has noted on several occasions that he is working towards upgrading the country’s military hardware.
According to the Pentagon, China is building a “stealthy, long-range strategic bomber with a nuclear delivery capability that could be operational within the next 10 years.” The report also points to China developing “increasingly advance military capabilities intended to coerce Taiwan” in an attempt to maintain its “one China” policy.
In regards to Taiwan, the reports warns that China “is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force”.
“Should the United States intervene, China would try to delay effective intervention and seek victory in a high-intensity, limited war of short duration,” Pentagon officials notes.
In the meantime, the Pentagon notes that China is attempting to expand its military strongholds by expanding to new bases in foreign countries such as Pakistan.
In the meantime, President Donald Trump has ended joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, a move that both China and Russia have been demanding for years. US intelligence has raised concerns over China’s growing influence in the Pacific, a stronghold of the United States for years. Most specifically, the agency is concerned about China’s growing influence in the South China Sea.
The Guardian notes that China increased its 2017 military spending to $190 billion as the country seeks to “increase its global influence.”
China’s attempts to expand its military reach arrives at a time when China and the United States have entered into a trade war started by Trump’s introduction of massive tariffs on aluminum, steel, and other product categories.