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'China improving its military posture and force projection'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

is pursing a long-term, steady economic growth in the region through its One Belt, One Road policy and improving military posture by connecting ports such as in Pakistan, a top said.

The project is aimed at building regional connectivity with rail, road, pipelines and It connects China's province with port, providing access to to the

The project, when completed, would enable to pump its from the through pipelines to cutting considerable distance for Chinese ships to travel to China.

"China is pursing long-term, steady economic growth in the region through its One Belt, One Road policy," Joseph Votel, of said during a hearing at


It is also improving military posture and force projection by connecting ports such as in with its first overseas military base in Djibouti, adjacent to the critical Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, Votel said.

Votel said both China and not only seek to fill in perceived gaps in US influence with increasing defence cooperation and sales of their equipment to regional partners, but they are also cultivating multi-dimensional ties to

Responding to questions from Senators, said the port is of significant importance to the US.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 23:15 IST
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