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Is China building a second overseas naval base in Pakistan?
Is China building a second overseas naval base in Pakistan?

Newly reports have come up that China is constructing a second overseas naval base, one in Pakistan. However, it is important to separate fact from knee-jerk speculation, especially when so far there is a scarcity of hard information to suggest this is true.

To clear the question in the headline, it is only natural for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to make plans to set up overseas facilities to support its assets because that is what militaries do. The real question, then, is whether China is enacting factual plans right now to build a base on Pakistani soil.

It is incontestable that China will step by step set up more naval facilities on the outer boundary of the Indian Ocean. Even the Pentagon's annual report entitled 'Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2017' predicted China will establish additional overseas "in countries with which it has a long affable family relationship and similar strategical interests, such as Pakistan, and in which there is a precedent for hosting foreign militaries".

While the USA did not name Gwadar, this location has long been touted as the likely location of the second base for China.The Pentagon further added

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