Among other things, the comprehensive 196-page report on “China-Related Military and Security Developments” notes that Beijing has sought to downplay the seriousness of the border crisis with India. India, stressed its intention to prevent a stalemate from damaging other areas of its bilateral relationship with India. India.
“(China) seeks to prevent border tension from making India work more closely with USA. People’s Republic of China officials have warned US officials not to interfere in the country’s relations with India,” the report said, without saying when or in what form the warning was issued. as America’s response to it.
The report found that in 2021, China used a variety of diplomatic tools to erode US “partner influence”, such as highlighting the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and criticizing US relations. US-backed security partners include the Quartet (Australia, India, Japan and the United States) and the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) partnership.
In a section on the China-India border standoff, the report said that throughout 2021, PLA (People’s Liberation Army) maintains force deployment and continues to build infrastructure along the LAC. Negotiations between the two sides have made minimal progress as both sides resist losing their perceived advantage at the border, it added.
The report also examines China’s military build-up in areas far beyond its direct sphere of influence, including in the South China Sea. Indian Oceannoted that Beijing is seeking to “expand its logistics infrastructure and overseas bases to enable the PLA to project and maintain military power at greater distances.”
It specifically highlights China’s first overseas military base in Djibouti, noting Beijing’s growing capabilities and ambitions in the Indian Ocean, despite its opposition to the country’s presence. outside its sphere of influence.
“At the end of March 2022, the supply ship FUCHI II class (Type 903A) Lac Ma Ho anchored at the 450 meter pier for resupply; such first report PLA Navy The report talks about Chinese activities in Djibouti, which are of interest to India. and submarines,” it added.
Among other observations, reports are made in this regard
- A PLA global military logistics network could disrupt US military operations as the PRC’s global military goals evolve.
- In addition to the PLA support base in Djibouti, the PRC may have considered and planned additional military logistics facilities to support the deployment of naval, air and ground forces.
- The People’s Republic of China may have counted Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan, among others. other, is the site for PLA military logistics facilities.
The Pentagon’s assessment also shows that China’s official 2021 military budget is $209 billion, more than the combined defense budgets of India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, but less than a fraction. three compared to that of the United States.