March 25, 2009

China’s limited transparency about its rapidly expanding military capabilities creates uncertainty and risks of miscalculation, the Pentagon said in a report released on Wednesday.

[efoods]The annual report to the U.S. Congress on Chinese military power said China’s People’s Liberation Army has “left unclear to the international community the purposes and objectives of the PLA’s evolving doctrine and capabilities.”

The report comes just weeks after Chinese boats jostled with a U.S. Navy surveillance ship in the South China Sea in a confrontation that heightened tensions over Chinese military activities near its coasts.

Risks to the United States and its allies in the Pacific region arise from incomplete defense spending figures and actions that appear inconsistent with declared policies, said the report, the first under the Obama administration.

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