August 24, 2011
China’s military buildup has made impressive gains that pushed the Communist Party-controlled People’s Liberation Army closer to matching modern militaries, according to the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress made public Wednesday.
“Militarily, China’s sustained modernization program is paying visible dividends,” the report said. “During 2010, China made strides toward fielding an operational anti-ship ballistic missile, continued work on its aircraft carrier program, and finalized the prototype of its first stealth aircraft.”
While the report cautioned that the Chinese military continues to have gaps in key military capabilities and has large amounts of outdated hardware and a lack of operational experience, it concluded that the People’s Liberation Army “is steadily closing the technological gap with modern armed forces.”