According to the latest Pentagon report, China has been expanding its bomber operations in recent years and is reportedly “training for strikes” against the US and its allies.
“Over the last three years, the PLA has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets,” the annual report said. PLA stands for China’s People’s Liberation Army.
The report added that while the PLA had continued to extend operations, it was not clear what message Beijing was seeking to send by carrying out the flights “beyond a demonstration of improved capabilities.”
The Chinese embassy in Washington has not yet commented on the report.