Defense intel report fuels worries of China attack on Taiwan
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new defense intelligence assessment lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries that Beijing could decide it has the ability to attack Taiwan and win.
A senior defense intelligence official says the key concern is that as China upgrades its military equipment and technology and reforms how it trains and develops troops, it becomes more confident in its ability to wage a regional conflict. And Beijing’s leaders have made it clear that reasserting sovereignty over Taiwan is their top priority.
The official says China could easily fire missiles at Taiwan but has more work to do before it could successfully invade the self-governing island.
The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency released a new China report Tuesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide greater insight into the intelligence findings of the report.