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    The Pentagon claimed in an annual report to the Congress On Tuesday that Beijing is seeking to establish more military bases in friendly countries.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — China is likely to try to set up more military bases in friendly countries, the US Department of Defense said in an annual report to the Congress.

    "China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan, and in which there is a precedent for hosting foreign militaries. China’s overseas military basing may be constrained by the willingness of countries to support a PLA presence in one of their ports," the report stated.

    The report noted that China's first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier is likely to reach initial operational capability by 2020.

    "China is currently building its first domestically designed and produced aircraft carrier. It probably will be launched in and reach initial operational capability by 2020," the report stated.

    The assessment was part of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on China's military and security developments, dubbed Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China.

    The report, dubbed Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China, was handed over to Congress on Tuesday.


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