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China mulls military bases in Pakistan

China has signalled to set up foreign military bases including one in Pakistan, a Chinese government website said. It is clearly aimed at piling up pressure on India and to counter US influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

world Updated: Jan 29, 2010 11:29 IST

China has signalled to set up foreign military bases including one in Pakistan, a Chinese government website said.

“Setting up overseas military bases is not an idea we have to shun; on the contrary, it is our right…it is baseless to say that we will not set up any military bases in future because we have never sent troops abroad,” said the report.

The report also said, “As for the military aspect, we should be able to conduct the retaliatory attack within the country or at the neighbouring area of our potential enemies. We should also be able to put pressure on the potential enemies' overseas interests. With further development, China will be in great demand of the military protection".

It is clearly aimed at piling up pressure on India and to counter US influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"As for the military aspect, we should be able to conduct the retaliatory attack within the country or at the neighboring area of our potential enemies. We should also be able to put pressure on the potential enemies' overseas interests. With further development, China will be in great demand of the military protection," said the report.

A military base in Pakistan will help China keep a check on Uighurs who are fighting for an independent nation in Xinjiang, which borders the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.