US report: Taiwan deterrence dangerously weakened

A report by a US Congressional advisory panel calls for an urgent military buildup in the Indo-Pacific to deter Chinese aggression against Taiwan.

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued its annual report on Wednesday.

The report notes that China has been modernizing its military for nearly 20 years, and is now capable of "air and naval blockade, cyberattacks and missile strikes against Taiwan."

It says the People's Liberation Army of China "either has or is close to achieving an initial capability to invade Taiwan."

The report warns that modernization by the PLA has "shifted the military balance in the Taiwan Strait and dangerously weakened cross-Strait deterrence."

It recommends that Congress authorize funding for the mass deployment of antiship missiles in the Indo-Pacific and the upgrading of defense capabilities at US bases.

The report also points out that China has been putting much effort into boosting its nuclear capabilities, including building hundreds of underground silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

It calls on the administration of President Joe Biden to continue modernizing the nuclear capabilities of the US to maintain its lead over China.