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China's military buildup threatens cross-strait peace: U.S. report

Central News Agency

2011/10/27 20:22:37

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) China's growing military power lowers the likelihood of a peaceful resolution to the tensions across the Taiwan Strait, according to a draft report by a U.S. Congressional commission.

However, increased economic and trade interaction between the two sides reduces the possibility of war "in the near future," the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said in the final draft of its annual report.

China "has progressed substantially" in military modernization since 2009, including flight testing its J-20 stealth fighter, its first aircraft carrier and the world's latest anti-ship ballistic missile, said the draft report, which is scheduled for release on November 16.

Such modernization gives China the military advantage, "making it less likely that a peaceful resolution to the Taiwan issue will occur," the report stated.

"A gross military imbalance could also lead Beijing to act preemptively to resolve the cross-Strait problem, possibly resulting in U.S. involvement," the draft report said.

China has maintained that reunification with Taiwan is a goal that must be achieved -- by force if necessary.

The report is more "pessimistic" than the Pentagon's latest China-Taiwan assessment, which said the mainland upgrades are intended to "deter Taiwan independence and influence Taiwan to settle the disputes on Beijing's terms," according to Bloomberg news service. (By Kendra Lin) enditem/ pc

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