Pentagon sees China military gains, deployment years away

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 2:19 PM
Pentagon sees China military gains, deployment years away

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday that China appeared on track to building a modern, regionally-focused military by 2020, but said major advances like a stealth fighter were years away from being operational.

The Pentagon made the assessment in an annual report to Congress on China's military, which also cited Beijing's growing military edge over Taiwan and flagged cyber attacks in 2010 -- including on U.S. government computer systems -- that appeared to have originated in China.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Paul Eckert; Editing by Vicki Allen)