China calls Pentagon report pure speculation

China calls Pentagon report pure speculation

The Pentagon report noted several security developments regarding China past year, including cooling relations with Taiwan, drone sales to Pakistan, the construction of a military base in Djibouti in Africa and the continued use of "low-intensity coercion" tactics in the disputed South China Sea.

On Wednesday, China's foreign affairs ministry rejected a Pentagon report in which it was said that the communist nation would build a military base in Pakistan.

"A more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure would also be essential to enable China to project and sustain military power at greater distances from China", the report said, adding that Chinese military leaders may seek to establish additional bases in places like Pakistan, where Beijing has "longstanding friendly relationship (s) and similar strategic interests".

Beijing says it is "firmly opposed" to a Pentagon report that highlighted China's construction of military facilities on man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea and speculated that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas. "The China-Pakistan friendly co-operation does not target any third party and conforms to each other's global commitments", she said. China has used coercive tactics, such as the use of law enforcement vessels and its maritime militia, to enforce maritime claims and advance its interests in ways that are calculated to fall below the threshold of provoking conflict, states the report.

"As of late 2016, China was constructing 24 fighter-sized hangars, fixed-weapons positions, barracks, administration buildings and communication facilities" at three outposts in the Spratly Islands, the report said.

"China uses its cyber capabilities to support intelligence collection against USA diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors".

Beijing's maritime claims in the South China Sea were nullified past year by the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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The Pentagon has been predicting since at least 2014 that China would carry out patrols of the submarines with the missiles onboard.

"These submarine patrols demonstrate the PLAN's emerging capability both to protect China's SLOCs and to increase China's power projection into the Indian Ocean", the report said.

And countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan welcome it as a path out of poverty.

This development can serve as a major concern for India which has hostile relationship with Pakistan. Pakistan was singled out as a likely location and it is already the largest buyer of Chinese-made arms. It added that China spent $180 billion on the People's Liberation Army during the a year ago surpassing the defence budget figure of $140.4 billion.

"This likely will result in the Middle East and North Africa surpassing Sub-Saharan Africa as China's second largest arms export market", it said. But experts said that figure could not account for all spending due to poor accounting transparency.

In addition, the Defense Department noted that Beijing continued to use "low-intensity coercion" in disputes related to the East and South China Seas.

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