China is actively developing its fleet of long-range bombers and “likely” training its pilots for missions targeting the US, according to a new Pentagon report.
“Over the last three years, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) 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.
Another flashpoint is Taiwan, which is seen by China as a breakaway province.
The document warns that China “is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force,” according to the BBC and CNN.
“Should the United States intervene, China would try to delay effective intervention and seek victory in a high-intensity, limited war of short duration,” the report says.
In a nod to China, the US cut formal ties with Taiwan in 1979 but continues to maintain close political and security ties, which irk Beijing.