Chinese Navy scouting for bases in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan says Pentagon report
China is seeking to set up more robust logistics facilities in about a
dozen countries, including three in India's immediate neighbourhood, to allow
the Chinese PLA (army) to project and sustain military power at greater
distances, according to a Pentagon report.
In addition to the three neighbours of India - Pakistan, Sri Lanka and
Myanmar - the other countries where China is considering to base its military
logistics and infrastructure facilities are Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia,
United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan, the
report said today.
In its annual report "Military and Security Developments Involving the
People's Republic of China (PRC) 2020" that was submitted to the US
Congress, the Pentagon said these potential Chinese military logistics
facilities are in addition to the Chinese military base in Djibouti, which is
aimed at supporting naval, air and ground forces projection.
A global PLA
(People's Liberation Army) military logistics network could both interfere with
US military operations and support offensive operations against US
"A global PLA (People's Liberation Army) military logistics network
military logistics network could both interfere with US military operations and
support offensive operations against the United States as the PRC's global
military objectives evolve," the Pentagon said in the report.
According to the Pentagon, a global PLA military logistics network could
both interfere with the US military operations and support offensive operations
against the United States as the Chinese global military objectives evolve.
Military logistic network
to monitor US military
They also suggest that a military logistic network could enable
intelligence monitoring of the US military. In August 2017, China officially
opened its first military base in Djibouti, on the horn of Africa.
Chinese personnel at the facility have interfered with US flights by lasing
pilots and flying drones. China has sought to restrict Djiboutian sovereign
airspace over the base, the report said.
Beyond its base in Djibouti, China is very likely already considering and
planning for additional military logistics facilities to support naval, air,
and ground forces projection, the Pentagon report said.