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China military buildup fueled by Taiwan independence moves, US says

Pentagon report highlights technological progress by Beijing

A nuclear version of the DF-26 ballistic missile, seen here at a parade in Tiananmen Square, would give China new capabilities in the region, the report says.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- China's desire to deter pro-independence movements in Taiwan and eventually achieve reunification is the "primary driver" behind Beijing's rapid military modernization in recent years, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a report published Tuesday.

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