Fri, Oct 03, 2008 - Page 1 News List

Report warns State on PRC aims

CAUTION A draft report by the US Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board says Taiwan will be the biggest threat to US-China relations in the near future

By Charles Snyder  /  STAFF REPORTER IN WASHINGTON, WITH STAFF WRITER

China’s first aim in seeking to become a global power is to seek a “breakout” from its “century-long containment along the Pacific littoral, the draft said.

“In China’s view, Taiwan is the key to breakout: if China is to become a global power, the first step must include control of the island. Achieving this objective would dramatically increase Beijing’s ability to command the seas off its coast and to project power eastward. It also would deny the United States a key ally in a highly strategic location,” the draft said.

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