China Military Power Report Details Advances, Goals in 2020

November 4, 2021

U.S. Department of Defense:


The Defense Department today released its annual report on military and security developments involving China, commonly referred to as the China Military Power Report.

The report provides background on China’s national strategy, foreign policy goals, economic plans and military development.

“The report provides a baseline assessment of the department’s top pacing challenge, and it charts the modernization of the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] throughout 2020,” a defense official said Tuesday. “This includes the PLA developing the capabilities to conduct joint, long-range precision strikes across domains; increasingly sophisticated space, counterspace and cyber capabilities; as well as the accelerating expansion of the PLA’s nuclear forces.”

A key revelation in the report are China’s advancements in its nuclear capability, including that the accelerated pace of their nuclear expansion may enable China to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027…


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