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China denies plans to set up military base in Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today denied as "unnecessary" speculation reports that it was planning to build a military base at in Pakistan's province close to the strategic port, which is being jointly developed by India, and

According to reports, may allow to build the military base in which is also close the Gwadar port being developed by

quoted a Times report that is in talks with to build its second overseas military base as part of a push for greater maritime capabilities along strategic sea routes.

"I am not aware of what you mentioned," Chinese Foreign Ministry told the media when asked to comment on the report.

The media in China and abroad said that offered the key location to China as a retaliation to US New Year Day criticism of for not cracking down on terrorist safe havens in the country.

The Chinese media has been speculating that Trump's efforts to step up pressure on Pakistan may move it closer to as is involved in a number of projects in the country under the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

"As you know building of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)," Lu said.

"China and Pakistan are also making efforts to build the CPEC which is in the common interests of the countries along the route. I dont think it is necessary for the outside world to make too much guesses in this regard," he said.

Chinese analysts said the base was not necessary for China at present as it already has Gwadar.

Lin Minwang, a at for South Asian Studies told that "both and have the ability to build a joint naval and air facility in Pakistan, but it is unnecessary at this time."

But he said it could be a backup plan for the Indo- Pacific strategy of the US and its allies, he told the daily.

Lin believes if the US and its allies push their Indo- Pacific strategy to the extreme, China will surely carry out a plan with Pakistan to ensure the security of sea routes.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 14:05 IST