India has indeed stitched up military logistics pacts to allow its warships access to United States bases in Djibouti, Diego Garcia, Guam and Subic Bay as well as French ones in the Reunion Islands (near Madagascar) and Djibouti, but they are not fully operational as of now.
Sounding this warning in its latest report on "China's global expansion by military and non-military means", the US Pentagon says Beijing also "completed" over $20 billion of military sales and transfers as a component of its foreign policy just between 2012 and 2016 to become the world's fifth largest arms supplier.
"As it continues to grow in strength and confidence, [U.S.] leaders will face a China insistent on having a greater voice in global interactions, which at times may be antithetical to US interests", it reads.
The senior USA defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not predict that China's military, known as the People's Liberation Army (PLA), would take such a step but said such a possibility was the top worry as China expands and modernizes its military capabilities.
Though China's primary focus remains on defending its homeland and increasing its regional power, it has worked to establish military relationships with countries across the world, including building its first base outside of China in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa in 2017.
Soldiers from Taiwan's special forces move through colored smoke during a military exercise in Taipei, Taiwan.
Taiwan is listed as one of China's most prominent perceived threats to national stability.
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"If someone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will do whatever it takes to safeguard national reunification, national sovereignty and territorial integrity", according to an English-language statement by China's defense ministry on the talks. The Pentagon says Washington has sold Taiwan more than $15 billion in weaponry since 2010.
Still, the USA defense intelligence official cautioned against over-reacting, noting Xi could believe he has plenty of time to achieve reunification with Taiwan.
Top American defense officials have long viewed China's military as a rising power that eventually seeks parity with the USA military force, leading the Pentagon to list it - alongside Russian Federation - as the top potential security threat in its latest National Defense Strategy released past year.
China is expanding its access to strategic foreign ports like Pakistan's Gwadar and Sri Lanka's Hambantota to pre-position the logistic framework necessary to support the growing presence of its military in the Indian Ocean and beyond, the Pentagon has said.
"I think in a lot of ways, they have a lot that they need to do", the official said. "In some areas, it already leads the world".