Originally posted by AThousandYoung
China has military bases all along the coast of south Asia reaching to Africa. They are called the String of Pearls.
That's quite a misleading and factually inaccurate claim by AThousandYoung,
though I know it's one that Sinophobic people seem eager to embrace.
The demonization of China is a thriving industry in India, Japan, and much
of the West.
"The String of Pearls refers to the network of Chinese military and
*commercial facilities and relationships* along its sea lines of communication,
which extend from the Chinese mainland to Port Sudan."
As far as I know, these 'facilities and relationships' are almost all commercial.
"Chinese possessions in the Indian ocean consist primarily of commercial
ports owned and operated by Chinese firms."
If a Chinese warship pays a visit to a seaport (which US Navy warships
routinely do around the world), that does not make it a Chinese naval base.
"...to date there exists no evidence that suggests a Chinese military
presence of any kind in the Maldives."
China and Pakistan have long been close allies. Pakistan's defence industry
is largely based upon Chinese technology. While I expect that Pakistan would
permit Chinese aircraft and warships to refuel there, I don't know of any
significant Chinese military force that's permanently based in Pakistan.
And Pakistan is by far China's closest ally in that region.
It's in India's perceived interests (seeking Western support) to promote
hysteria about China's alleged *potential* aims around the Indian Ocean.
Until I see evidence of significant Chinese military forces being permanently
based outside China, however, I shall be unconvinced.