Taiwan stages live-fire military exercises after China threats

Taiwan China U.S. Strait military

Taiwan China U.S. Strait military

The US, of course, is alarmed at the prospect of losing its military and economic supremacy over China in the ongoing shadow-boxing in the Indo-Pacific, where Beijing is also assiduously using its multi-billion-dollar One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and Digital Silk Road initiatives to make deep strategic inroads and shape interests. The report is DIA's first-ever unclassified, comprehensive assessment of the Chinese military.

"The biggest concern is that as a lot of these technologies mature...[the Chinese] will reach a point where internally - within their decision-making - they will decide that using military force for a regional conflict is something that is more imminent", the official said, speaking under the condition of anonymity.

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, travel past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing Thursday Sept. 3, 2015.

China will defend its claim to Taiwan "at any cost", should the United States try to intervene in the island's independence, a senior Chinese military official reportedly told a U.S. Admiral during a Sunday meeting in Beijing.

"China's military strategy remains focused on developing the capability to dissuade, deter, and if ordered, defeat a potential third-party intervention in regional conflicts", says the report. The Chinese government considers Hong Kong and Taiwan part of China, despite most others around the world recognizing them as separate territories.

"China continues to develop a variety of counterspace capabilities created to limit or prevent an adversary's use of space-based assets during crisis or conflict", the DIA report states.

"As it continues to grow in strength and confidence, [U.S.] leaders will face a China insistent on having a greater voice in global interactions, which at times may be antithetical to US interests", it reads.




"Brutal behaviors" such as forcing the "one country, two systems" model on Taiwan, using politics to affect other nations' economies or threatening foreign enterprises to alter references to Taiwan are all efforts by Beijing to interfere in the domestic affairs of other nations, he said.

Those operations are seen as provocative by China.

In some areas of military technology China has already taken lead over all other rivals, including the United States.

"Now that [China has] built out this infrastructure down there, they're able to be present in a more persistent manner than they might have been before if they had to come all the way down from the mainland ... to get into some conflict with a regional claimant or with the US", the official said.

Several companies in the recent months have been under Chinese scrutiny over how they refer to Taiwan.

Chinese advancements in some technology will soon be among the world's most leading-edge.

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

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