China rejects speculations about building military base in Pakistan

China rejects speculations about building military base in Pakistan

The students, enrolled in different fields of education, will serve as a bridge between two countries, he said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between a Chinese university and Pakistan's Foreign Service Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

China on Tuesday rejected speculations that it was planning to establish a military base in Balochistan's Gwadar district, Indian news outlet NDTV reported. The project would mark China's second foreign military base in the world, after a recent expansion in Africa. The US is seeking to work with other regional players and China would be one of the main ones to deal with this issue. China's increased investments in Pakistan, combined with President Donald Trump's recent decision to cut all funding to the country, is driving Pakistan into Beijing's arms, experts warned.

Gwadar is strategically located in the Arabian Sea and some 70 km away from Iran's Chabahar port being developed by India.

"Trump will soon find that his ability to unilaterally exert pressure to promote US policy and security overseas is severely limited, as Pakistan has increasingly relied upon China for economic and military assistance", Akins added.

The Trump administration last week suspended almost US$ 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan for its failure to take decisive action against terror groups like the Taliban and the Haqqani Network.

"This does little to promote USA interests and security and may actively hurt them, as we have lost a key ally in the region", Akins told Newsweek.

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With the Trump administration determined to eliminate terror safe havens in Pakistan, the USA is hoping that China will play a helpful role in convincing its close ally that it is in its national interest to crackdown on these sanctuaries, a senior White House official has said.

"But, China shares some of the concerns of the United States about the terrorism problem".

Pakistan ambassador Masood Khalid and President of China Foreign Affairs University Qin Yaqing signed the MoU on behalf of their countries.

Under the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Beijing is developing Gwadar port, the last point of the economic route that begins from Chinese city Kashgar. The construction of a base would require local residents be displaced to make room for a security zone.

China previous year opened its first military overseas base at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

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