Pakistan asks China to build naval base | Reuters

“We would be... grateful to the Chinese government if a naval base is... constructed at the site of Gwadar for Pakistan," Reuters quoted Pakistani Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar as saying in a statement on Saturday.

Mukhtar added that China has agreed to take operational control of Gwadar port, located in Pakistan's southern province of Baluchistan, once a contract with Singapore's PSA International Ltd expires in around 35 years' time.

China invested USD 200 million in the first phase of the construction of the port, which was inaugurated in 2007.

The Pakistani defense minister also pointed out that China has agreed to accelerate the delivery of 50 multi-role JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft to Pakistan.

The light-weight, single-engine fighter jet is being developed jointly by the Chengdu Aircraft Industries Corporation of China, the Pakistan Air Force and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.

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