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China rejects speculations about building military base in Pakistan

China rejects speculations about building military base in Pakistan

A Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming was quoted as saying in a media report that "China needs to set up another base in Gwadar for its warships because Gwadar is now a civilian port".

Trump's January 1 Twitter attack against Pakistan where he accused it of providing safe havens to terrorists appears to be helping boost already close ties between Pakistan and China, a report in the state-run Global Times said.

Pakistan and China on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Foreign Service Academy of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People Republic of China.

"This collaboration is very important for us and we give very special attention the training of students from Pakistan, especially after the China Pakistan Economic Corridor", he said.

Jiwani is also close to the strategic Gwadar port in Balochistan which is being developed by China.

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Jiwani is located just a stone's throw from Chabahar port being jointly developed by Iran, India and Afghanistan to ensure a trade corridor for Indian exports to Afghanistan. "It won't serve China's interests to have terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan", the senior administration official said on condition of anonymity. "That's going to take them back to the same issue which are the sanctuaries in Pakistan", the official said. Urdu was also being taught in eight Chinese universities.

The Global Times editorial says China should provide qualitative and effective economic assistance and cooperation to Pakistan.

China-Pakistan relationship is already very strong and appeared unconcerned over reports that the USA decision to freeze approximately United States dollars 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan would push Islamabad towards Beijing, the official said.

But he said it could be a backup plan in response to the Indo-Pacific strategy of the U.S. and its allies. "So, I would disagree with the assertion that China will not play a helpful role in convincing Pakistan it's in its own interests to crack down on the sanctuaries", the official told a group of reporters on Friday.

Interestingly, the Global Times said China has established its "first overseas military base in", in the Horn of Africa in Indian Ocean. Download The for your device.