Chinese navy expected to build strategic bases in Indian Ocean

2013-01-07 04:14:20 GMT2013-01-07 12:14:20(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Yu Runze, Sina English

According to a report carried in International Herald Leader newspaper, though China will not build overseas military bases like western countries, the country may establish its first overseas strategic points, where Chinese ships conducting long-distance voyages could get logistic supply, which are common practice of world navies.

The report also forecasted that China will build its first strategic points in the Indian Ocean, which could be classified into three categories in the long run.

The first group of ports, Djibouti Port, Aden Port and Salalah Port, are for logistic supply only.

The second group of ports, like port in Seychelles, is for logistic supply, scout take-off and landing, and crew rest and reorganization. The last group of ports, like a port in Pakistan, is for logistic supply, short rest and weaponry repairing.

In the coming decade, China is expected to form three supply chains in the Indian Ocean, said the report.

The North Indian Ocean supply chain consists of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.

The West Indian Ocean supply chain includes Djibouti, Yemen, Omen, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. And the South one will cover Seychelles and Madagascar.

In 2012, Chinese navy became the focus of the world as its first aircraft carrier Liaoning commissioned to PLA Navy and J-15 fighter jet successfully landed on the carrier for the first time. In the future, China’s naval fleets’ equipage, military exercises and operation research will be guided by the plan of forming aircraft carrier battle group.

Meanwhile, new destroyers, attack submarines, amphibious ships and high sea depot ships launched or commissioned successively, which could fasten the pace of the carrier battle group to reach combat capacity.

The 18th CPC Congress also outlined the overall strategic goal for the People’s Liberation Army, building an army which supports the country's status as a major power, and an important cornerstone safeguarding the national security.

China has already become a significant power to maintain world peace, and will step up overseas military activities including peacekeeping activities, humanitarian relief and counter-piracy in the next ten years.

Editor: Yu Runze
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