In 2022, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) expanded on its calls to prepare for an increasingly turbulent international climate. In this context, the PRC's stated defense policy remained oriented toward safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests, while emphasizing a greater global role for itself.
One key part of this defense policy is the PRC's counter-intervention strategy, which aims to restrict U.S. presence in the East and South China Sea regions and limit U.S. access in the broader Indo-Pacific region. At the same time, the PRC is strengthening its capabilities to reach farther into the Pacific Ocean and beyond.
Xi Jinping reaffirmed in 2022 his commitment to the PLA's 2027 capability milestone for modernization, which, if realized, could give the PLA the capacity to be a more credible military tool for the CCP's Taiwan unification efforts.