The US has built a new base in eastern China’s Xinjiang region to serve as a military training base, US officials told Reuters.
The new training facility was built in an old military base and was not part of the U.S.-China Military Technical Cooperation agreement signed last year.
The US military plans to use the base to train soldiers from the US and other countries, officials said.
The base, which will be built at a cost of more than $1 billion, will serve as the home base for the 2,500-member US Army and US Marine Corps.
The Chinese military is working on plans to expand its presence in the region and in other parts of the world, as well as in Africa and the Middle East.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution in March calling on the U,S.
and China to “expedite, expedite and accelerate” a joint military training project in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
It called on the two countries to commit to “tens of thousands of US troops and other equipment” at the site by 2020.
China’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.