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China wants to have permanent military presence in Africa through CPEC: US Commander

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

wants to have a permanent military presence in through the multi-billion China-Economic Corridor (CPEC) and may look for ports which it can connect to ports in southern Pakistan, a top American has said.

Describing the CPEC as an artery of the One Belt One Road (OBOR), Joseph Votel, of US Central Command, told members of the that the project in progress right now is definitely a Chinese influence in that particular area.

The OBOR is Chinese Xi Jinping's multi-billion project that focuses on improving connectivity and cooperation among Asian countries, and

"As they develop that land route what they are attempting to do and then we expect then be looking for ports they can connect that to ports in southern leading to ports in AFRICOM (US Command), and for us it's going to lead to a permanent presence of Chinese maritime military maritime activity in the region that we will need to be concerned with, Votel said.

Africa is the only place where has an overseas military base, said the

"is the first overseas Chinese base. I have said before I don't believe it will be the last. They are looking for other areas and so forth to especially ports because what they want to do to a large degree the infrastructure, they build ports, roads, bridges and whatnot is tied to the extraction, mineral extraction, they are conducting in those countries, he said.

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First Published: Fri, March 08 2019. 18:15 IST