Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

China ready to punish tech giants who recognise Taiwan

China ready to punish tech giants who recognise Taiwan

The PLA exercises control of China's airspace, filling a role similar to that which the Federal Aviation Administration plays in controlling airspace in the United States, it said.

The country is said to be employing "more sophisticated satellite operations" and is "probably testing on-orbit dual-use technologies" that could be applied to counterspace missions.

China has rapidly modernized its military and increased defense spending over the past two decades, posing a security threat to Asia, and Taiwan in particular, a US military intelligence report said.

Those operations are seen as provocative by China. Nevertheless, China must also look to safeguard its global interests as they multiply and incur additional threats. The U.S.is Taiwan's chief source of military hardware and is legally bound to respond to threats against its security.

What alarms DIA officials is the increasing confidence China's military has displayed in its own abilities in recent years, and whether that could signal the country is inching toward striking or invading Taiwan, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday ahead of the report's release.

It says, "China has built or acquired a wide array of advanced platforms", including submarines, major surface combat ships, missile patrol craft, maritime strike aircraft and land-based systems that employ new, sophisticated anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles. "China and Russian Federation have the largest remote sensing satellite fleets outside the US".

As of May 2018, China's reconnaissance and remote sensing fleet consisted of more than 120 satellites - all created to collect data for civil, commercial, or military owners and operators. "These satellites also allow the PLA to maintain situational awareness of China's regional rivals (e.g., India and Japan) and potential regional flashpoints (e.g., Korea, Taiwan, and the East and South China Seas)".

In mid-2016, China allocated United States dollars 600 billion as part of a three-year plan (2016-2018) to continue improving its transportation network and passed the Defence Transportation Law (DTL) authorising the management, development and production of dual-use facilities and equipment to support national and regional PLA operations, the report said. "The result of this multifaceted approach to technology acquisition is a PLA on the verge of fielding some of the most modern weapon systems in the world".

The report continues: "China shifted funds and efforts to acquiring technology by any means available".

"The biggest concern is that they are going to get to a point where the [Chinese military] leadership may actually tell [Chinese President] Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities", the official said on condition of anonymity. "In some areas, it already leads the world", the report said.

The report detailed China's immediate intentions to modernize to the level of other leading militaries, including the US military, for the objective of invading Taiwan. "That would be the most concerning to me".

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