WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — China is likely to try to set up more military bases in friendly countries, the US Department of Defense said in an annual report to the Congress.
The report noted that China's first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier is likely to reach initial operational capability by 2020.
"China is currently building its first domestically designed and produced aircraft carrier. It probably will be launched in and reach initial operational capability by 2020," the report stated.
The assessment was part of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on China's military and security developments, dubbed Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China.
The report, dubbed Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China, was handed over to Congress on Tuesday.