A report released by Pentagon on Tuesday suggested that Pakistan is the most likely location for future Chinese military base.
Pentagon believes that a Chinese military base oversees is a likely scenario after China established a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. The prediction came in a 97-page report to Congress. The report also gave out estimated defense spending by China at $180 billion, significantly higher than the official defense budget of $140.4 billion. The report said,
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.
Djibouti’s situated on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean. India is worried that it could become another of China’s ‘string of pearls’ of military alliances. No reaction from India has yet been gathered on the possibility of a Chinese military base in Pakistan. Singling out Pakistan as the prime candidate for a Chinese military base makes sense given that Pakistan is one of the major importers of Chinese defense equipment as well.
The Pentagon flagged Chinese military advances in space and sea as well. The report cited China’s experimental quantum communications satellite as well. Pentagon also renewed its concerns about cyber spying. The report remarked that the US government-owned computers were being targeting by China-based intrusions and have been so through 2016,
These and past intrusions focused on accessing networks and extracting information… china uses its cyber capabilities to support intelligence collection against US diplomatic, economic and defense industrial base sectors.
The report to the Pentagon also spoke of a Chinese aircraft carrier. The report predicted that China would be able to reach initial operating capability on its first domestically designed and produced aircraft carrier by year 2020.
Given Pakistan’s relationships with China, a Chinese military base might perhaps be welcomed.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.