Section: General News - China's growing military capabilities are raising concerns in the United States and among its neighbors.
The U.S. Department of Defense says China is developing a ballistic missile that can hit aircraft carriers more than 1,500 kilometers away.
That program is in addition to the country's already extensive missile defense system, which includes more than one thousand missiles pointed at Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory.
In addition, the Pentagon says China is working to build its first aircraft carrier, which would put it in a small group of nations able to project power well into international waters.
Need for a deterrent While Chinese government officials say little about defense plans, some Asia security experts think there are two major reasons for its …