China last year continued “sustained investments” in advanced cruise and anti-ship missile technologies that “appear designed” to blunt U.S. military access to the region, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual report on military developments in the Asian nation.
The Defense Department report released today includes “new information on areas of the People’s Liberation Army investments, including China’s aircraft carrier program, anti- ship ballistic missiles, and aircraft development, as well as discussion” of the country’s pursuit of the ability to launch missions further from its shores, the Pentagon said in a press release.
The report also said “authoritative writings and China’s persistent cyber intrusions indicates the likelihood that Beijing is using cyber network operations as a tool to collect strategic intelligence.” The Pentagon released its 2010 version of the annual report last August.
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