China is expanding its force-projection capabilities on land, sea and in the air with a range of weapons. The primary goal is to protect economic interests through control of the western Pacific. But China also seeks to counter U.S. naval power in the region and make alliances with strategically placed countries like Iran and Pakistan. China’s military buildup was acknowledged in the 2009 edition of the Pentagon’s China Military Power report to Congress. “China’s economic development is ...

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