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China began construction of a military training base in the province of Badakhshan in northeast Afghanistan. This writes the South China Morning Post, citing sources.
“The construction of the base began, and China will send at least one battalion with weapons and equipment,” — said one of the interlocutors. He added that the military will be placed for training the Afghans. Normally one battalion of about 500 employees, the newspaper said.
The facility will be located in the Wakhan corridor is a narrow strip land with a length of about 300 kilometers, bordering with Tajikistan, Pakistan and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region of China. It is reported that the construction is fully funded by Beijing, which is extremely important to ensure its own security. The Chinese authorities believe that in Xinjiang, the majority of people who practice Islam, have infiltrated the country by radical Islamists from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Rumors of financing by Beijing of a military base in Afghanistan has appeared in the beginning of the year. Then, the defense Ministry denied this information, but said that Kabul was given the support in the fight against terrorism. Experts believe that military aid to Afghanistan in recent years, China has spent more than $ 70 million.
At the same time the representative of the Chinese foreign Ministry Hua Chunying denied the information of the newspaper, reports Reuters. According to her, the material is not true. No details she said. The Ministry of defence officially not confirmed.
In January it was reported that China plans to increase its military presence abroad and to create a naval base in Pakistan. More than a year ago — in early August, 2017 Beijing opened its first foreign military base in Djibouti (East Africa).
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