- The Pentagon published its annual review of China’s military power on Tuesday
- It reported that Chinese officials used the U.S. Afghan exit as propaganda
- State media said the U.S. was an ‘unreliable partner and declining power’
- It also said Beijing was rapidly expanding its operational nuclear stockpile
- And it could quadruple its arsenal by 2035 with 1500 warheads
- Rapid modernization of the armed forces could also give it a tool to take Taiwan
Chinese officials and diplomats used the humiliating American withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 to portray the U.S. as an unreliable international partner and a ‘declining power,’ according to a Pentagon report released on Tuesday.
The report — an annual review of Chinese military capabilities — also says Beijing is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, and is on track to have 1500 warheads by 2035, nearly quadruple the number it has now.
It is part of an effort to strengthen the nation by 2049, the centenary of the communist takeover, and ‘revise the international order.’ADVERTISEMENT
Its release comes two weeks after President Joe Biden met with China’s Xi Jinpingon the sidelines the Group of 20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, as they sought to repair fractured relations.
And it describes how the People’s Republic of China sought to capitalize on Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
‘In 2021, the PRC employed multiple diplomatic tools in an attempt to erode U.S. and partner influence, such as highlighting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and criticizing U.S.-backed security partnerships,’ the Department of Defense concluded. +7View gallery
The withdrawal of U.S. troops marked a low in President’s Biden’s first year in office. The Taliban took control of the country as Afghan morale collapsed and American soldiers left+7View gallery
The final days of the withdrawal were marked by chaotic scenes as Afghans thronged Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, desperate for safe passage out of the country.
The Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military power describes how Chinese officials and state media outlets used the withdrawal to portray the U.S. as a ‘declining power’
The withdrawal of U.S. troops marked a low point in Biden’s presidency.
The Taliban made rapid advances after Biden announced he was bringing home the last American service personnel from the country.