Chinese bombers are much more active and operating farther from Chinese shores at an increased frequency, and the Pentagon thinks they are likely training for strikes on United States targets, according to the 2018 China Military Power Report.
"China indicated development plans may be underway to power islands and reefs in the typhoon-prone South China Sea with floating nuclear power stations; development reportedly is to begin prior to 2020".
China's military budget is expected to expand to $240bn over the next 10 years, according to the assessment.
Reuters says that at the beginning of the year, the Pentagon "put countering Beijing, along with Russian Federation, at the centre of a new national defence strategy".
China's military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while "likely training for strikes" against the USA and its allies, a Pentagon report says.
Beijing has said it is necessary for the Asian powerhouse to keep growing its military presence in the South China Sea in order to protect its sovereignty.
The Pentagon suspects that China might be training for strikes against U.S. targets as well as sending a message to other regional actors that Chinese capabilities are improving.
China is also rapidly expanding its space program "despite its public stance against the militarization of space", according to the report.
China, it says, is transforming its ground forces to "fight and win".
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Last week, China's armed forces told a US Navy reconnaissance plane to "leave immediately" on six separates occasions today during a tense flight over the South China Sea.
"The PLA also is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force, while simultaneously deterring, delaying, or denying any third-party intervention on Taiwan's behalf", it states.
China's military budget for 2017 was about US$190 billion (S$260 billion), according to the report, far behind the Pentagon's annual budget of about US$700 billion.
The US regularly seeks to demonstrate freedom of navigation with flights over the South China Sea, much of which is claimed by China, and a number of other nations.
The report's release comes amid an apparent break in ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China, with both countries agreeing to come back to the negotiation table in an effort to find a compromise.
China, in recent years, has continued to increase military exercises with focuses on land, sea, and air.
Similarly, despite being wary of China's assertive behaviour along the Line of Actual Control and its growing naval deployments in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), India is also set to roll out the red carpet for Chinese defence minister General Wei Fenghe's visit here from August 21 to 24.
Despite tensions, in June, James Mattis became the first USA defence secretary to visit China since 2014.
An article published by the Sina military channel yesterday said that the artillery deployed in the drills were PLL-09, a Chinese 122-millimeter self-propelled howitzer.