Chinese bombers training for US strikes

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Pentagon: China building bombers, training pilots for missions against U.S.

"Over the last three years, the (China's People's Liberation Army) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets", the report said.

China Securities Journal-a Chinese state-run financial newspaper-said in 2016 that China could build up to 20 floating nuclear plants to "speed up the commercial development" of the South China Sea, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.

The assessment, at a time of heightened U.S. The US also estimated that the defence budget of China has gone beyond $190 billion in 2017. "China uses its cyber capabilities to support intelligence collection against USA diplomatic, economic, academic, and defense industrial base sectors" the report says.

The report also added that "Armed forces under the ruling Chinese Communist Party "continued to develop and deploy increasingly advanced military capabilities meant to coerce Taiwan, signal Chinese resolve, and gradually improve capabilities for an invasion".

Beijing s military development was defensive in nature and meant to safeguard its territorial integrity, he added.

The Pentagon report had also said that Beijing was seeking to develop nuclear capabilities on its long-range bombers and that China's air force has been reassigned a nuclear mission.

"The Chinese military's reform, weapons development and defensive capabilities in the internet space are just and reasonable".

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China's peaceful construction activities on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea, which are legitimate rights of a sovereign state, aim at safeguarding national territory and meeting demand of the people, so as to better fulfill its worldwide responsibilities and obligations, the spokesperson said.

China's Defence Ministry said in a statement late on Friday that the Pentagon report misrepresented China's strategic intentions and exaggerated the "so-called China military threat".

In January, the Pentagon put countering Beijing, along with Russian Federation, at the centre of a new national defence strategy.

While Washington and Beijing maintain military-to-military ties aimed at containing tensions, this has been tested in recent months, notably in May when the Pentagon withdrew an invitation to China to join a multinational naval exercise.

He called on the USA to refrain from such irresponsible reports and make efforts to maintain stable growth of relations between the two countries and their militaries.

In June, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis became the first Pentagon chief to visit China since 2014.

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