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Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targets

Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targets

The Chinese military is developing long-range bombers and is likely training pilots for missions to hit US targets, a new Pentagon report says.

China is deploying "increasingly advance military capabilities meant to coerce Taiwan" in a bid to prevent self-governing Taiwan from declaring independence, CNN reported quoting the report as saying. China now has only one overseas base, in the East African country of Djibouti, and its military budget for 2018 was estimated at $175 billion.

The annual report to Congress, released on Thursday (Aug 16), highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout, and how Beijing is leveraging this to rapidly build its worldwide footprint and establish regional dominance.

Beijing claims more than 80 per cent of the South China Sea, which carries around US$3.4 trillion worth of global trade each year.

In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible.

Imran Khan defeats Shahbaz Sharif to become Pakistan's new Prime Minister
Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) received an impressive 176 votes in the 342 seat lower house of parliament. Khan, 65, won the July 25 election promising to fight corruption and lift millions of people out of poverty.

China also continues to develop counterspace capabilities, "including kinetic-kill missiles, ground-based lasers and orbiting space robots", the report said, a time when US President Donald Trump plans to establish a Space Force by 2020 to protect US assets in space.

In 2017, Beijing actually cut 300,000 personnel from its ground forces and reorganized them on a brigade structure.

The China Securities Journal - a Chinese state-run financial newspaper - said in 2016 that China could build as many as 20 floating nuclear plants to "speed up the commercial development" of the South China Sea, the South China Morning Post reported previous year. China has reclaimed 3,200 of acres of land in the Spratly Island chain and added with ports, runways and other military infrastructure.

In regards to Taiwan, the reports warns that China "is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force".

This year China's air force landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region.

White House denounces Turkey tariffs on U.S. products
Following the Qatar news, the lira firmed briefly to 5.8699 from 6.04 to the dollar, before easing back to 6.0500 by 1658 GMT. He added: "Our strong relations with the Republic of Turkey enjoy a special status among our people".

The report, which comes as the US and China spar over trade negotiations, said China increased its global defense spending to more than $190 billion in 2017, according to Reuters.

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.

Tensions are also running high in the non-military sphere with the United States railing against its growing trade deficit with China and both sides slapping trade tariffs on each others' goods.

Titled, "U.S. report on China's military reveals its guilty conscience", the editorial states, "The U.S.' technical analysis of the PLA capability is one thing, the Pentagon's publication of the analysis to hype the "China threat" is another".

There is regular contact between U.S. and Chinese military officials.

Manchester United's Will Vint leaves club because of visa issues
Mourinho is under vast pressure win the Premier League this season after failing to win a trophy at Old Trafford last campaign. The 46 year old is now out of work and according to various reports; he is setting his sights on the Premier League .

The US is watching these developments closely, as the Pentagon believes that "great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of US national security", as Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis explained earlier this year.


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