They cited a news report based on US intelligence, but thats just an opinion piece which got its figure from some random guy.The article writer is Gordon Chang. He has been hating on China for decades ever since his book came out. Now He is trying to sell his books to new Indian fans.
Xi Jingping's desire for regional—and global—hegemony knows no bounds.www.newsweek.com
If thats what they were referencing then they have literally been caught printing outright lies.