The US Department of Defense warned in a report to Congress, that the Chinese military is hastily working to project power overseas.
Now Pentagon sounds alarm over military ‘expansion’ of China, which only has one base foreign base in Djibouti, Africa.
The US military installations abroad dwarf those of China, but the USA is deeply worried about Beijing conspiring to build up such facilities across the world in order to protect the global One Belt, One Road project.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) currently has one overseas facility in Djibouti but Pentagon analysts believe they are planning others, possibly in Pakistan, the Middle East or Western Pacific.
China’s projects such as the Silk Road ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR)“ will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects.”
The report also stoked fear of China using submarine patrols and developing an icebreaker fleet as a bulwark of spreading influence in the Arctic.
The US military has the largest and the most powerful military in the world. It is estimated to have as many as 800 bases in more than 70 countries and territories, ranging from huge air bases in Europe to small radar facilities in the Pacific.
China, along with Russia, has been named one of America’s greatest military challenges. It’s unsurprising that the Pentagon’s report minced no words to blame Beijing for using “coercion” and employing tactics short of armed conflict.
Such activities “are calculated to fall below the threshold of provoking armed conflict with the USA, its allies and partners, or others in the Indo-Pacific region, habitually mentioning the rising tensions in the South and East China Seas as an example.
The document laments Chinese maritime and aircraft patrols in the contested waters, but again, the Washington’s naval deployments in the area were not mentioned?
The US Navy sent two warships, the USS William P. Lawrence and the USS Stethem, through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday.
There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, although observers warned that the incursion risked adding fuel to mounting tension about flash points in the US-China relationship with Taiwan.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.