Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are pushing for the Pentagon to provide more accurate reports on China’s military development and for tighter controls on defence-related technology transfers to foreign countries.
Randy Forbes, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, said on Thursday the measures – which his panel included in next year’s defensible authorisation bill – were aimed at addressing China’s two decades of double-digit military budget growth and “aspirations of supplanting the U.S. position in the (Asia-Pacific) region.”
“Instead of providing a frank assessment of People’s Liberation Army capabilities, the China power report has become a political document that is watered down by various government agencies to avoid offending the PRC (People’s Republic of China),” Forbes, a Republican, said in a statement.
China and the United States have become increasingly wary of each other’s strategic intent in recent years…
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