The PLA's missile forces will likely tip the military balance against Taiwan and in the mainland's favour for the first time by the end of this decade, according to Jane's Defence Weekly. The specialist magazine's correspondent Timothy Hu said the PLA had channelled funds into upgrading its air force, navy and strategic missile forces by developing a new generation of indigenous equipment and buying hardware from overseas. Hu said one of the PLA's goals was to lay a 'solid foundation for the country's military position' by the end of this decade and the central objective of this near-term modernisation was to acquire capabilities to allow the army to execute a quick and decisive victory against Taiwan while deterring US military intervention. 'The PLA's concentrated acquisition of precision-strike assets suggests that its preferred military strategy would be a 'decapitation' strategy that would neutralise Taiwan's civilian and military command-and-control apparatuses and vital infrastructure and communication facilities,' Hu wrote. He said the PLA was also acquiring a large number of highly accurate land-, air- and sea-launched cruise missiles for possible use against US bases in Guam and Okinawa, Japan. The report also said expenditure on weapons research and development and foreign arms purchases had been excluded from this year's 17.8 per cent increase in the official defence budget. Hu said the practice of Beijing pouring huge funding into procuring new arms would continue until 2010. The report said the purchase of Russia's carrier-launched Sukhoi Su-33 multirole fighter aircraft reflected the mainland's plans to build an aircraft carrier.