Pakistani diplomat confirms invitation to build Chinese military base - China’s latest political and current affairs news - SupChina

Pakistani diplomat confirms invitation to build Chinese military base – China’s latest political and current affairs news


NBC News reports that an unnamed senior Pakistani diplomat said Pakistan invited China to build a naval facility on its soil back in 2011, an offer that is still on the table. The diplomat said that the request came only days after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces during a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, when bilateral relations between Washington and Islamabad took a nosedive.

A report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Defense suggested that China “most likely will seek to build additional military bases in countries with which it has a long-standing friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan.” In response to the report, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying 华春莹 said (in Chinese) on June 7 that it is “groundless,” and that China strongly opposes “irresponsible remarks” from the U.S.

As to why the two countries are drawing increasingly closer to each other, a Pakistani intelligence official told NBC News, “We need an equalizer against India.… Previously, it was the U.S. and Saudi [Arabia]. Now, it’s China.” However, on China’s side, despite a host of contentious issues with India, it is still keen on finding common ground with its major rival in Asia.


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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.