China to set up army bases in Pakistan – Pentagon report

Vastavam web: China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan  as the world’s largest army seeks an increased role in defending China’s interest abroad, a report by the Pentagon has said. China’s spent $180bn on the People’s Liberation Army last year, according to the annual report from the US defense department, but officials admitted that figure could not account for all spending due to “poor accounting transparency”. That estimate is significantly higher than China’s official defense budget of about $140bn.

 “China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan,” the report said.