China's military spending has continued to swell each year. Picture: Tanks and advanced weapons were on display in a parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the PRC. (File Photo/Xinhua)
12 Things Missing from China Report -- Gabe Collins, The Diplomat
The latest version of the Pentagon’s report on China’s military rise was disappointing. There’s plenty that has been missed out.
The progressive neutering of the annual Pentagon China military power reports is unfortunate, as the report has been among the most authoritative sources of information on specific Chinese military capabilities in recent years. Given the People’s Liberation Army’s unwillingness to reveal this information itself, the report has been one of the few reliable sources of transparency to inform foreign analysts, scholars, and citizens about important Chinese military developments that often have global repercussions. China has experienced important military and security changes over the past year, yet aside from its reformatted font and graphics, the 2012 report proves thin on new content.
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My Comment: I suspect that there are even more points and trends that the Pentagon has conveniently decided to "omit" from public consumption due to security concerns..