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Pentagon report: China closer to matching modern militaries [Washington Times]

For more, check out The Pentagon’s Annual China Report… (Time battleland, August 24, 2011)

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Pentagon report: China closer to matching modern militaries
By Bill Gertz
Source – Washington Times, published August 24, 2011

China’s military buildup has made impressive gains that pushed the Communist Party-controlled People’s Liberation Army closer to matching modern militaries, according to the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress made public Wednesday.

“Militarily, China’s sustained modernization program is paying visible dividends,” the report said. “During 2010, China made strides toward fielding an operational anti-ship ballistic missile, continued work on its aircraft carrier program, and finalized the prototype of its first stealth aircraft.”

While the report cautioned that the Chinese military continues to have gaps in key military capabilities and has large amounts of outdated hardware and a lack of operational experience, it concluded that the People’s Liberation Army “is steadily closing the technological gap with modern armed forces.”

By the end of this decade, China will be able to project military power and sustain a modest-sized force of naval and ground forces for smaller conflicts “far from China,” an assessment not included in earlier Pentagon reports.

China recently began sea-trials of a refurbished Soviet-era aircraft carrier and is developing a unique anti-ship ballistic missile to target ships at sea, the report said.

The report appeared to back away from statements made by Adm. Robert Willard, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, who said earlier this year, based on the anti-ship ballistic missile’s extensive testing, had basically been deployed. The Pentagon report said China was “developing” the new missile, echoing a statement made in January by a senior Chinese general.

China also is continuing aggressive cyberintelligence gathering and targeted numerous computer systems around the world, the report said, noting the intrusions “appear to have originated within the PRC.”

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