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China would develop series of armed service bases around world, indicates Pentagon

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China will certainly build string of military bases around world, says Pentagon

The US Defense Department expects China to incorporate military bases across the world to safeguard its investments in it aspirational One Belt One Road global infrastructure program, based on an official report announced on Thursday.

“China’s progress of projects such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative (OBOR) will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects,” the Pentagon said in its annual statement to Congress on Chinese military and defense enhancements.

“China will try to set up additional military bases in countries with which it has a long-term friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, like Pakistan, and in which there is a precedent for hosting foreign militaries,” the report stated.

The report came as the Pentagon also cautioned that deepening Chinese actions in the Arctic region could also pave the way for a strengthened army presence, which includes the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear assault.

The assessment is included in the US military’s annual statement to Congress on China’s military services.

The Pentagon report noted that Denmark has expressed concern regarding China’s interest in Greenland, which has included plans to establish a research station, set up a satellite ground station, renovate airports and improve mining.

“Civilian research could support a strengthened Chinese military presence in the Arctic Ocean, which could include deploying submarines to the region as a deterrent against nuclear attacks,” the report said.

China has already set up well-armed outposts on contested atolls it build up in the South China Sea.

Last year, there were allegedly discussions on a base in the Wakhan corridor of northwest Afghanistan.

In addition, The Washington Post recently found an outpost hosting several Chinese troops in eastern Tajikistan, near the strategic junction of the Wakhan Corridor, China, and Pakistan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to project the country’s energy beyond its instant “back yard” in east and southeast Asia.

This includes strengthening the country’s existence in global institutions, acquiring top-flight technology and establishing a strong economic appearance worldwide.

This also includes projecting the country’s army force on land, sea and in space, the report notes.

“China’s leaders are leveraging China’s growing economic, diplomatic, and military clout to create regional preeminence and expand the country’s international influence,” the report said.
Beijing in particular progressively notice the United States as becoming more confrontational in order to contain China’s expanding power, it stated.

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