China delivered to Pakistan the largest and most advanced warship Beijing has ever exported. Experts say Beijing seeks to beef up the navy of its all-weather ally in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Experts say this will contribute to the two countries’ all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.
China has long wanted to increase its own naval presence in the Arabian sea and Indian Ocean region. The modernisation of Pakistan navy along with the acquisition of the naval bases will help China maintain presence in the Indian Ocean.