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Chinese cyberspying may justify sanctions: US panel

AFP, WASHINGTON

China is “rapidly expanding and diversifying its ability to strike US bases, ships and aircraft” throughout the region, including areas it could not previously reach, such as the US Pacific territory of Guam, it said.

Quoting the US Office of Naval Intelligence, the report said that China by 2020 will likely have 313 to 342 submarines — including around 60 that can fire intercontinental ballistic missiles or cruise missiles against ships.

The commission called on the US Congress to fund shipbuilding to meet Obama’s goal of stationing 60 percent of US warships in the Asia-Pacific by 2020, up from 50 percent.

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