China is reportedly planning to boost its military presence overseas with its second foreign naval base in Pakistan.
After setting up its first foreign naval facility in Djibouti in August 2017, right next to a Pentagon’s naval base, Beijing may now seek to gain a foothold in Pakistan.
According to sources close to the Chinese Army, China plans to build a second overseas military base near Gwadar – a strategically important Pakistani port on the Arabian Sea.
A separate naval facility near Gwadar Port is necessary to maintain warships and provide them with logistical support.
High-ranking Chinese and Pakistani military officers indicate that the facility “will be built on the Jiwani peninsula between Gwadar and the Iranian border. Gwadar is a deep-sea port located less than 50 miles east of the Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan province.
It was developed by Chinese investors as part of the ambitious US$62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and has been handling commercial cargoes from China since November 2017.
The multi-billion-dollar project is aimed at creating a network of roads, railways, and pipelines, to expand its trade and transport links and boost economic influence across central and south Asia. The CPEC is also at the heart of China’s larger Belt and Road initiative, which envisages connecting China to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
RT.com / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News 2018.