This time in Pakistan. This follows Djibouti, China’s first overseas military base as well as China’s purchase of Hambantota port in Sri Lanka.
Here is the headline in SCMP.
First Djibouti … now Pakistan port earmarked for a Chinese overseas naval base, sources say.
You can read more here.
India announced it will build a similar style base in the island state of Seychelles.
The Indian Ocean is shaping up as the candidate to figure out if China’s rise will be peaceful or not. Keep in eye on this region.
Good and brief discussion of the Quad written in the South China Morning Post today.
Proposed in 2007 by Japan, the Quad would consist of Japan, Australia, India and the United States.
The proposed alliance (which arguable already exists) is more than capable of confronting China if need be. Collectively they represent approximalty 25 percent of the worlds population (compared to 18.6 percent for China) and approximately 36 percent of the worlds GDP (compared to 15 percent of China).
There would be possible shrieking but there are strong incentives to cooperate on such a self-interested task. For one, all 4 have comparable ideologies and political systems. But 2, and most importantly, all 4 own genuine interests in shaping the rise of China.
Instead of being the dominant player, the self anointed leader of the free world should pursue a more distributive role and allocate more responsibility to its regional allies.