08 June 2017
The Pentagon study predicts it will continue spread its military prowess after the construction of its first overseas naval base in Djibouti near the Red Sea.
That is said to be the first of many “strategic locations” the communist giant is looking at across the globe.
The report states: “China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan.”
The move would come amid increase tensions between China and Pakistan’s main rival India, as Beijing and New Delhi “accuse each other of frequent incursions and military build-ups” along their disputed frontier.
… However, Richard Bitzinger, a military expert at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said he would not be surprised if China built an official military base in Pakistan.
“The Chinese have helped to build a sizeable deepwater port in Gwadar, and Chinese submarines have already been spotted in the port of Karachi,” he told the Telegraph.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 09/06/2017