China denies plans to set up military base in Pakistan

China denies plans to set up military base in Pakistan

Beijing: China Tuesday denied as “unnecessary” speculation reports that it was planning to build a military base at Jiwani in Pakistan’s Balochistan province close to the strategic Chabahar port, which is being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan.
“I am not aware of what you mentioned,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media when asked to comment on the report.
“As you know building of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),” Lu said.
“China and Pakistan are also making efforts to build the CPEC which is in the common interests of the countries along the route. I don t think it is necessary for the outside world to make too much guesses in this regard,” he said. PTI