China's growing military might: top 4 concerns for the Pentagon

The US Department of Defense is carefully monitoring the growth of China’s military. These four items are currently at the top of their list.

3. Development of 'carrier killer' missiles

China is developing specialized, precision anti-ship ballistic missiles that are capable of hitting US aircraft carriers from a range of about 600 to 1,800 miles, according to the report.

“This is something that China has invested in, and we’re watching very carefully as it’s developing that program,” Helvey said.

These weapons could potentially affect the US aircraft-carrier presence in the region. “We’re concerned about the ability of China to develop missiles that can project its military power with precision at great distances from China,” he added. “Obviously, something that can hold at risk large surface ships, including aircraft carriers, is something we pay attention to.”

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