Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and founder/co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, released the following statement upon the Department of Defense's publication of the Annual Report to Congress on the Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China:
"While Washington remains focused on turmoil in the Middle East, today's report is a stark reminder of another geostrategic trend that we cannot lose focus of -- the rise of the People's Republic of China and the long-term implications for U.S. interests of the comprehensive military modernization program it has undertaken. While the true intentions of China's rise remain unknown, we can certainly draw conclusions about its designs for the region based on the military capabilities it has acquired. This report confirms that these capabilities are directly aimed at undermining the balance of power in the region in an effort to slowly exclude the United States and allow China to intimidate its Asia-Pacific neighbors.
"If decline is a choice, then today's report is a stark reminder of the implications of America's decision to unilaterally reduce its military capabilities. It is time for the U.S. to adopt a long-term strategy for peacetime competition with China. This should begin with speaking openly about the elements of our relationship that are competitive and continue with a comprehensive effort to define the ends, ways, and means required for this strategy," said Congressman Forbes.
Pursuant to Section 1202 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, the Department of Defense is legally required to submit the report to Congress no later than March 1 each year.