Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

China is preparing for a strike on the United States - the Pentagon

China is preparing for a strike on the United States - the Pentagon

A Pentagon report released on Thursday has said that the Chinese military's bomber fleet is training to carry out strikes against the United States and its allies.

The report claimed that training runs by H-6K bombers, which can carry nuclear payloads, are meant to demonstrate the Far-Eastern country's ability to strike United States territories and allied forces in the Pacific, as well as to develop their ability to target locations as far away from China as possible.

The Pentagon says the Chinese military is "likely training for strikes" on US targets.

The report highlights its increasing military capability, including defence spending estimated at $190bn (£150bn) - a third that of the US.

The US feels that China's training of the H-6K bombers is meant to demonstrate China's capabilities to strike the key US targets, including bases in the disputed South China Sea.

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.

These improvements pose major challenges to Taiwan's security, the report said, arguing that "China could pursue a measured approach by signaling its readiness to use force or conduct punitive actions against Taiwan".

China is also rapidly expanding its space program "despite its public stance against the militarization of space", according to the report.

Under the newly emboldened rule of President Xi Jinping, China is seeking to project military power across the globe by showing off his modernised air force and navy.

China has yet to comment on the report.

It has come to light that the USA authorities are anxious about China's growing influence in the Pacific.

China is also restructuring ground forces to "fight and win".

The report also found that China is advancing "an ambitious agenda of military modernization and organizational reforms". DOD officials expect China to increase its defense budget to $240 billion over the next decade.

This year's report reiterates that China will seek to establish new bases in such countries.

Even as it strengthens military ties with Washington, New Delhi has also firmly declared its intention to ink the Rs 39,000 crore deal with Moscow for five S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems later this year.

Chinese authorities didn't immediately comment on the document, which was published as the USA and China prepare to resume stalled talks after the two nations imposed steep tariffs on each others' exports.

"China's priority is maintaining stability on the Korean Peninsula, which includes preventing a DPRK collapse and preventing a military conflict on the peninsula".

One of the most high-profile areas is the South China Sea, much of it claimed by China and other countries.

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