Beijing (Web Desk): China has dismissed as "irresponsible" an annual US Defence Department report that predicted China would expand its global military presence, building overseas bases in countries like Pakistan, NDTV reported.
"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," the report said.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a regular briefing today that China "is firmly opposed" to aspects of the publication.
"We have noted the report released by the US which made irresponsible remarks about China 's national defence development in disregard of the facts," Ms Hua said, declining to comment on "speculation" and noting that the "friendly cooperation (between China and Pakistan) does not target any third party".
India has voiced displeasure at the planned route, which cuts through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The outpost will support the country's UN peacekeepers in Africa, allow it to evacuate its nationals in a crisis, and support anti-piracy activities off Somalia, according to China .
The Pentagon report noted that the strategically-sited camp, "along with regular naval vessel visits to foreign ports, both reflects and amplifies China 's growing influence, extending the reach of its armed forces".