Thursday, August 25, 2011

China military 'closing key gaps', says Pentagon

China is on course to build a modern military by 2020, a move that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon says.

In its annual report on China's defence capability, the Pentagon said China had closed key technological gaps.

A main aim of the military development was to prevent possible US intervention in any conflict with Taiwan, it said.

China said the US report had exaggerated the threat posed by its military, calling it "cock-and-bull".

The report comes in a year in which China conducted both the first test-flights of its new J20 stealth aircraft and sea trials of its new aircraft carrier. more