US needs new weapons, missile shield to counter increasing Chinese threat

October 1st, 2008 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Oct 1 (ANI): The United States needs new weapon systems, including missile defenses and other advanced military capabilities, to deter and counter Chinas steady buildup of nuclear and conventional arms.

According to a draft internal report by the Secretary of States International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) is the first to recommend such defenses against China, including technology in space.

The Washington Times reported that Chinese strategy goes beyond building forces capable of retaking the island of Taiwan. China seeks to break out by projecting power beyond its region including sealanes that carry energy resources for its modernization, the document said.

Using superior US military technical capacities, America should undertake the development of new weapons, sensors, communications, and other programs and tactics to convince China that it will not be able to overcome the US militarily, the report said.

The draft report presents a tough assessment of Chinese strategic modernization that goes beyond many current government and private-sector analyses that say that Chinas military modernization does not pose a major challenge to US security interests.

Chinese Embassy spokesman Wang Baodong said in a statement that China is naturally becoming stronger and more influential in world affairs after 30 years of reform, but remains committed to peaceful development and a foreign policy of peace.

China will not harm anyone or pose a threat to anyone. China’’s development is opportunity, not threat. Any versions of China threat will continue to be proved fallacious, he said.

The draft by the 17-member advisory board has not been officially released. A State Department official familiar with the report said it is in the late stages and could be completed in the next several weeks.

The official said the reports stark assessment of Chinas strategy and forces was in line with the boards mandate to provide frank advice to the secretary of state from analysts outside government.

China currently has about 20 missiles capable of reaching the United States but is projected to have more than 100 nuclear missiles, some likely with multiple warheads, by 2015, the report said. (ANI)

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