China’s military base in Afghanistan: Defence Ministry official response

China’s military base in Afghanistan: Defence Ministry official response
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BEIJING: China’s Defence Ministry on Thursday denied that it was planning to build a military base in Afghanistan , branding such reports “groundless”.

Russian news agency Ferghana News, which focuses on Central Asia, has reported that China will build the base in northern Afghanistan . The report was picked up last week by U.S. magazine The Diplomat and then in Chinese state media.

Speaking at a regular news briefing, ministry spokesman Wu Qian said that the two countries had normal security cooperation and that China like other countries was supporting Afghanistan in defense and counter-terrorism.

“The so-called issue that China is building a military base in Afghanistan is groundless,” Wu said.

The ministry has also previously dismissed reports that Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan . - Agencies

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