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China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle the island on drills in the past few years and worked to isolate the island internationally, whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies.

The report detailed China's immediate intentions to modernize to the level of other leading militaries, including the US military, for the objective of invading Taiwan.

A dispute over control of Taiwan has been a driving factor in the increase of modernization.

Under its "one-China" policy, the ruling Communist Party has always said it wants to bring Taiwan under its control, whether by diplomacy or by force. "We know in the past that they have ... considered themselves a developing, weaker power".

And past year the Pentagon disinvited China from a major, multinational Pacific exercise, citing Beijing's militarisation of artificial islands in the South China Sea. The growing military might of China is said to be the primary focus for acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who defense officials said has repeatedly raised China as a topic in closed-door meetings in the Pentagon since he took the Defense Department's reins January 1.

Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen has made national defense a priority while refusing China's demand that she recognise Taiwan as a part of China.

Though China's primary focus remains on defending its homeland and increasing its regional power, it has worked to establish military relationships with countries across the world, including building its first base outside of China in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa in 2017. "As it continues to grow in strength and confidence, our nation's leaders will face a China insistent on having a greater voice in global interactions, which at times may be antithetical to US interests", the report said.

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Bush and Bill Clinton, but adding that he expects to see "good relations" between the U.S. and Russian Federation "someday". Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson .

The nation is regarded by Beijing as a province of China which it allows to self-rule, for now at least. This is still significantly lower than the USA military budget of $700 billion, but the DIA noted Beijing has committed less to research and development funding because it has bought or stolen the best technology developed in other nations.

Those operations are seen as provocative by China.

"We make no promise to give up the use of military force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means" against Taiwanese separatist activities and "outside forces" that interfere with reunification, he said.

They are "on the leading edge of technology in that area", the official said.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mnuchin has raised "the idea of lifting some or all tariffs" in a series of meetings as senior administration officials chart a course towards a crucial March 1 deadline in the ongoing trade spat between the United States and China.

China's efforts to enhance its presence overseas, such as establishing its first foreign military base in Djibouti and boosting economic connectivity by reinvigorating the New Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Road under the "Belt and Road Initiative" (BRI), could enable the PLA to project power at even greater distances from the Chinese mainland, it said.

"They could order them to go today, but I don't think they're particularly confident in that capability", the official said.


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