WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional advisory panel is sounding a warning over China's military buildup, predicting that the rising Asian power may be able to field the largest fleet of modern submarine and combat ships in the western Pacific by 2020. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission says China's military modernization is altering the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific, challenging decades of U.S. preeminence.
The commission advises Congress on the national security implications of the relationship between the two world powers. Its annual report was released Wednesday. Its primary recommendation is for Congress to pay for navy shipbuilding and increased operational presence in the region and support the Defense Department's goal to base 60 percent of its warships in the Asia-Pacific by 2020, up from about 50 percent currently.