Taiwan stages live-fire military exercises after China threats

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The report also says China's military expansion is driven by fear foreign powers may try to interfere with its ambition to take with Taiwan.

"These satellites also allow the PLA to maintain situational awareness of China's regional rivals (e.g., India and Japan) and potential regional flashpoints (e.g., Korea, Taiwan, and the East and South China Seas)".

"The result of this multifaceted approach to technology acquisition is a PLA on the verge of fielding some of the most modern weapon systems in the world".

The report continues: "China shifted funds and efforts to acquiring technology by any means available".

"The PLA [People's Liberation Army] is acquiring a range of technologies to improve China's counterspace capabilities", the agency adds. This is still significantly lower than the USA military budget of $700 billion, but the DIA noted Beijing has committed less to research and development funding because it has bought or stolen the best technology developed in other nations.

"Rather, China has routinely adopted the best and most effective platforms found in foreign militaries through direct purchase, retrofits, or theft of intellectual property. In some areas, it already leads the world".

Chinese nationalists fled to Taiwan at the end of the civil war in 1949 when the Communists took control of mainland China, but as the island has transformed into one of the region's most vibrant democracies it has become increasingly assertive of its own identity.

"The biggest concern is that ... they are getting to a point where the PLA leadership may actually tell Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities", the official said, referring to China's president.

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"Beijing's anticipation that foreign forces would intervene in a Taiwan scenario led the PLA to develop a range of systems to deter and deny foreign regional force projection", the report stated.

These bases, and other improvements to the PLA's ability to project power during the next decade, will increase China's ability to deter by military force and sustain operations overseas, the report said.

Beijing's anti-ship missile-"the world's first road-mobile, anti-ship ballistic missile", according to the DIA report-is of particular concern to US forces, given the importance of American aircraft carriers in projecting power in East Asia.

But Beijing considers it to be a wayward province and has never ruled out military force to bring it under control. "We reserve the option for all the necessary means".

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen refused to acknowledge a "one China" solution and said she will not back down, despite losing re-election to a more Beijing-friendly opponent.

Top American defense officials have long viewed China's military as a rising power that eventually seeks parity with the USA military force, leading the Pentagon to list it - alongside Russian Federation - as the top potential security threat in its latest National Defense Strategy released previous year.

"I think both sides have managed to operate professionally".

China has planned to construct about 1.3 million kilometers of roads and 26,000 kilometers of expressways by 2020 to bolster its military's ability to mobilise more expediently across greater spans of the country, the Pentagon has told the US Congress.

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