Thursday, February 17, 2005

China military buildup threatens US forces: CIA chief (AFP)

"...Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Goss also highlighted threats to the United States from North Korea (news - web sites), which he warned could resume missile tests anytime after boasting of its nuclear weapons' might last week.

"Beijing's military modernisation and military buildup could tilt the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait," said Goss, who took over as CIA director in September.

"Improved Chinese capabilities threaten US forces in the region," he told the committee assessing the main security threats to the United States.

Goss said that China was stepping up efforts to "develop robust, survivable nuclear armed missiles as well as conventional capability for use in regional conflicts....."

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