Pentagon report cites China military build-up around the world

The construction of a Chinese military outpost in Djibouti is being perceived by the US, as an advent of a much larger military build up across the globe.

By: AP | Washington | Updated: June 7, 2017 8:33 am
The annual assessment of China’s military might also note that while China has not seized much new land to create more man-made islands, it has substantially built up the reefs with extended runways and other military facilities. And it has increased patrols and law enforcement to protect them. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

A new Pentagon report says China’s construction of a military outpost in Djibouti is the first of what will likely be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world to support distant deployments. It predicts that Pakistan may be another potential location.

The annual assessment of China’s military might also note that while China has not seized much new land to create more man-made islands, it has substantially built up the reefs with extended runways and other military facilities. And it has increased patrols and law enforcement to protect them.

The Djibouti base construction is near Camp Lemonnier, the US base in the Horn of Africa nation. But American military leaders have said they don’t see it as a threat that will interfere with US operations there.

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    Mohan Tvm
    Jun 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm
    Chinese are good at the use of deception throughout the war. A Dragon cannot win a direct fight with the enemy. That is the reason why a Chinese scholar compiled the 36 military stratagems or "The Secret art of war". Before the 1962 war, China had groomed many commie plants in India
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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:31 am
    India need to learn China way of long term plan for best national interest.
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    l s
    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:40 am
    Just because it's near the U S base in Africa, the U S A has been talking about it. China's expansion programme is going on since the last 5 to 8 years, and every nation , except India is turning a blind eye . Only when it effects other nations, it is reported. No nation can match the early and thorough planning to have control on many countries like China. Learn from China.
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