China wants to set up bases in Pakistan, reveals intelligence report
China has been keen on building military bases in federally administered tribal areas (FATA) in the northwest region of Pakistan. In the last few months there have been several high level meetings of Pakistani and Chinese officials.
The intelligence report says: "China’s desire for a military presence in Pakistan has been discussed by the political and military leadership of that country in the recent months. China’s deepening strategic penetration of Pakistan and joint plans to set up… oil pipelines/rail/roads as well as naval and military bases are a matter of concern."
According to the assessment report, Chinese presence in this area might enable People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to counter the Muslims separatists operating from this part of Pakistan for terrorist activities in its Xinjiang province.