• Monday, September 26, 2022

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China says Pakistan military base talk pure speculation

“Talk that China is building a military base in Pakistan is pure guesswork” says Chinese defence ministry spokesman.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

China said on Thursday (29) that talk the country was building a military base in Pakistan was pure speculation, after a Pentagon report earlier this month singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base. The Pentagon forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian was asked at a regular monthly news briefing if China would build a naval base in the Chinese-invested Pakistani port city of Gwadar. “Talk that China is building a military base in Pakistan is pure guesswork,” Wu said, without elaborating. Djibouti’s position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fuelled worries in India that it would become another of China‘s “string of pearls”…

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