DoD releases report on Chinese military modernization

The U.S. Department of Defense released a report on Monday that describes China's military modernization and the Chinese army's interaction with other forces, including interactions with the U.S.

The report, which is called "2013 Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China," arrived in Congress on Monday. The report covers China's military and security strategies, development in China's military doctrine, force structure and advanced technologies, U.S.-China military-to-military contacts and the U.S. strategy for such interactions, the security situation in the Taiwan strait and the nature of China's cyber activities against the DoD.

David Helvey, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, discussed the report with Pentagon reporters. He said the trends in the 2013 report demonstrate China's growth of its rapid military modernization program, the improvements in China's anti-access and area-denial capabilities and a lack of military transparency.

Helvey said there was a positive trend in U.S.-China engagements in the past year, including multiple senior leader visits, culminating in then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's visit to Beijing in September.

The two countries explored practical areas of cooperation, such as a counterpiracy exercise conducted in September by U.S. and Chinese forces. The U.S. invited China to participate in the Rim of the Pacific exercise next year.

"We'll continue to use military engagement with China as one of several means to expand areas where we can cooperate, discuss, frankly, our differences, and demonstrate the United States' commitment to the security of the Asia-Pacific region," Helvey said.

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