China plans to build new military bases near Chabahar, Iran | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2019

China plans to build new military bases near Chabahar, Iran

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After establishing its first overseas military base in Dijouti, China is making serious discussion to build another military base near the Chabahar port of Iran.
According to report published in ‘Washington Times’, China is in talks with Pakistan to build its second overseas military base as part of a push for greater maritime capabilities along strategic sea routes. The facility could be built at Jiwani, a port near Iran’s Chabahar close to the border in the Gulf of Oman, and is located a short distance from Gwadar in Balochistan province which is currently being developed b Chabahar port being jointly developed by Iran, India and Afghanistan+ to ensure a trade corridor for Indian exports to Afghanistan.
But, China officially states that it is only a logistics base to service its naval personnel deployed for anti-piracy operations. It should be noted that China has also acquired the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka on a 99-year lease.

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