Beijing shields goals of military modernization

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On Capitol Hill, Adm. William J. Fallon, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee that despite a vigorous program of engagement, which he supports, the Chinese military continues to resist pressure for transparency about spending.

“We have a long way to go,” he said of U.S. efforts to engage China’s secretive military.

Asked about China’s failure to explain the Jan. 11 anti-satellite weapon test, Adm. Fallon said the conflicting Chinese government response “demonstrates that there’s a long way to go” for China to be a member of the “world body.”

Chinese government officials in both Beijing and Washington failed to answer U.S. officials’ questions about the anti-satellite weapon test, which contradicted China’s public position that it opposes the deployment of weapons in space.

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