Pentagon Annual Report on China - 2014

Discussion in 'Americas' started by sorcerer, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. sorcerer

    sorcerer Senior Member Senior Member

    Apr 13, 2013
    Likes Received:
    Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2013

    THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC) continues to pursue a long-term, comprehensive military Modernization program designed to improve the capacity of
    its armed forces to fight and win short-duration, high-intensity regional contingencies. Preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait, which includes deterring or defeating third-party intervention, remains the focus and primary driver of China’s military investment. However, the Chinese
    People’s Liberation Army (PLA) also is placing emphasis on preparing for contingencies other than Taiwan, including potential contingencies in the South and East China Seas.

    The October 2013 MANEUVER-5 exercise in the Philippine Sea, which included participation from all three PLA navy fleets – the North Sea Fleet,the East Sea Fleet, and the South Sea Fleet – was the largest PLA Navy open-ocean exercise seen to date. Additionally, China conducted the three-part MISSION ACTION series of joint military exercises over a six week period during September and October.

    These exercises combined PLA ground, navy and air forces in large-scale maneuvers along China’s southern and southeastern coasts. As China’s
    interests, capabilities, and international influence have grown, its military modernization program has also become ncreasingly focused on military investments for a range of missions beyond China’s coast, including sea lane security, counterpiracy, peacekeeping, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR).

    China’s leaders describe modernization of the PLA as essential to preserving and sustaining what they view as a “period of strategic opportunity” to advance China’s national development during the first two decades of the 21st century. China’s leaders see this period as providing an opportunity to focus on fostering a stable external environment to provide the PRC the strategic space to prioritize economic growth and development and to achieve “national rejuvenation” by2049. At the same time, Chinese leaders express a desire to maintain peace and stability along their country’s periphery; expand their diplomatic influence to facilitate access to markets, capital, and resources; and avoid direct confrontation with the United States and other countries. This strategy has led to a growing Chinese presence in regions all over the world, and particularly on its periphery, creating new and expanding economic and diplomatic interests.

    China’s expanding interests have led to friction between some of its regional neighbors, including allies and partners of the United States.

    Although the dialogue between the Unite States and China is improving, outstanding questions remain about the rate of growth in China’s military expenditures due to the lack of transparency regarding China's intentions. In 2013, China announced a 5.7 percent increase in its annual military budget to $119.5 billion, continuing more than two decades of sustained annual defense spending increases. China sustained its investments in strategic forces modernization, as well as key anti- access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities such as advanced intermediate- and medium-range conventional ballistic missiles, long-range land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles, counter-space weapons, and offensive cyber capabilities.
    China’s military investments provide it with a growing ability to project power at increasingly longer ranges. In 2013,this included at-sea testing of China's first aircraft carrier and continued development of fifth generation fighter aircraft.

    During his visit to California in June 2013 for a summit with President Obama, China’s President Xi Jinping and President Obama affirmed that China and the United States should continue working together to build a “new model” of relations in order to expand practical areas of cooperation and constructively manage differences in the bilateral relationship. During a robust number of high-level U.S.-China political and military engagements in 2013, leaders from both ountries agreed that “enhanced and substantive”military dialogue and communication would foster greater understanding and expand mutual trust.

    Within that framework, the U.S. Department of Defense seeks to continue building a military-to-military relationship with China that is sustained and substantive, while encouraging China to contribute constructively to efforts with the United States, our allies and partners, and the reater international community to maintain peace and stability. As the United States builds a stronger foundation for a military-to-military relationship with China, it also will continue to monitor China’s evolving military strategy, doctrine, and force development and encourage China to be more transparent about its military modernization program. In concert with its allies and partners, the United States will continue adapting its forces, posture, and operational concepts to maintain a stable and secure Asia-Pacific security environment.

    @Ray @pmaitra, @roma, @Srinivas_K, @W.G.Ewald, @ladder, and All others.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 10, 2015
    Srinivas_K likes this.
  3. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Likes Received:
    the only solution is the defence union of asean countries including vietnam plus japan, s korea, australia plus india

    the sooner that gets going the better and the biggest problem is to get the asean countries to agree on it

    they are such a disparate bunch - i wounder if they can agree on anything !
  4. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
    Likes Received:
    America is totally confused and schizophrenic in its approach to China.
  5. Prometheus

    Prometheus Regular Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    Likes Received:
    Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    Not only China, but every other country.... they always fund both sides so that they don't have trouble switching sides .... take the Indo- Pak relationship, or the British- French,or the Israel- Saudi, or the China- Russo, or the China-Japan, China-India one. even during WW-2 financial houses like the Morgan and the Rockefellers, funded both the German and the allies
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2014

Share This Page