Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2019 [open pdf - 17MB]
Alternate Title: Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2019, A Report to Congress Pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, as Amended
From the Executive Summary: "The United States will compete from a position of strength while encouraging China to cooperate with the United States on security issues where U.S. and Chinese interests align. Maintaining a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China is an important part of U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. defense contacts and exchanges with China conducted in 2018 were designed to support the long-term goal of transparency and nonaggression. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) engagements with China seek to reduce risk and prevent misunderstanding in times of increased tension. Engagements are conducted in accordance with the statutory limitations of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, as amended. Although DoD engages with the PLA [People's Liberation Army], DoD will also continue to monitor and adapt to China's evolving military strategy, doctrine, and force development. The United States will adapt its forces, posture, investments, and operational concepts to ensure it retains the ability to defend the homeland, deter aggression, protect our allies and partners, and preserve regional peace, prosperity, and freedom."
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