Well! Just now the news has popped up stating China's military is under strict training for strikes against the USA and its allies in the Pacific.
The report also said that while Taiwan is taking steps to compensate for the growing disparities, they only partially address Taiwan's declining defensive advantages at a time when China's official defense budget has grown to roughly 15 times that of Taiwan.
It also said China continues to develop and deploy advanced military capabilities needed for a "potential military campaign" in the strait.
The report, which is mandated by Congress, details Chinese military developments over the previous year.
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The US report didn't just highlight threats to the United States or its allies - there was also a broader discussion of the spread of Chinese influence around the world.
As a result, China has been claiming unoccupied land on reefs and shoals to build de-facto military outposts to intimidate rivals with competing claims.
China is in the process of modernizing its military in an attempt to fulfill Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision of a world-class military that can fight and win wars in any theater of combat by the middle of this century.
The call has alarmed China's neighbours, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower.
The Defense Department also warned of China's efforts to expand its air strike range in the region.
With almost a million troops, the PLA is the largest standing ground force in the world.
China's military budget for 2017 was about US$190 billion (S$260 billion), according to the report, far behind the Pentagon's annual budget of about US$700 billion.
It also noted that Beijing's defense spending hit 190 billion dollars a year ago and that number's only set to rise even during an economic slowdown in China.
The new U.S. report released on Thursday said China was deploying "increasingly advance military capabilities meant to coerce Taiwan" in a bid to prevent the island from declaring independence.