China May Soon Establish Naval Base in U.S. Ally Pakistan

LONDON — Nuclear-armed Pakistan is a key ally of the United States — but the relationship is far from untroubled. And one of Washington’s main geopolitical rivals appears ready to step in.

The Pentagon is warning that the Islamic republic may soon house a Chinese military base.

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah salutes China’s People’s Liberation Army marines upon their arrival in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 10.