Pentagon report: Chinese bombers training to strike U.S., allied targets in Pacific

Pentagon report: Chinese bombers training to strike U.S., allied targets in Pacific
Chinese H-6K "Badger" bomber in 2015, photo by Japanese Air Defense aircrew. (Image: Wikipedia. By 日本防衛省·統合幕僚監部 - http://www.mod.go.jp/js/Press/press2015/press_pdf/p20151127_02.pdf, CC BY 4.0, Link)

[Ed. – This is no surprise, but certainly, for some of the public, a wake-up call.]

Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report that also details how Beijing is transforming its ground forces to “fight and win.”

The annual report to Congress, released Thursday, highlights China’s growing military, economic and diplomatic clout and how Beijing is leveraging this to rapidly build its international footprint and establish regional dominance.

In the case of China’s air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible. …

In August 2017, six Chinese H-6K bombers flew through the Miyako Strait in the southwest of the Japanese islands, and then for the first time turned north to fly east of Okinawa, where 47,000 US troops are based.

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