The US already has a key military base in Djibouti and now China has followed suite.
Speaking with reporters, Hua refused to comment on the potential future overseas bases, but said China is a force for safeguarding peace in Asia and "friendly cooperation [between China and Pakistan] does not target any third party".
Beijing says it is "firmly opposed" to a Pentagon report on the Chinese military that highlighted China's construction of military facilities on made-made islands in the South China Sea and speculated that Beijing would likely build more military bases overseas.
This initiative, along with regular naval vessel visits to foreign ports, both reflects and amplifies China's China's growing influence, extending the reach of its armed forces.
The 100-page report, entitled 'Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China', comes amid rising tensions in South China Sea and adjacent areas, where Washington's and Beijing's interests appear to be on collision course.
The Pentagon report said that China has cited anti-piracy patrolling as one of the reasons for developing what it calls a naval logistics center in Djibouti.
Beijing also continues to move ahead with the construction of military facilities on artificial islands in the South China Sea. It added that China spent $180 billion on the People's Liberation Army during the previous year surpassing the defence budget figure of $140.4 billion.
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In the East China Sea, China continued to use maritime law enforcement ships and aircraft to patrol near the Senkaku Islands to challenge Japan's claim.
This is not the first time that China would be considering an arms deal in Pakistan as the country is already the primary market in the Asian-Pacific region for Chinese arms export.
"Once all these facilities are complete, China will have the capacity to house up to three regiments of fighters in the Spratly Islands", the Pentagon said.
The report estimated China's spending of $180bn on the People's Liberation Army a year ago, but officials admitted that figure could not account for all spending due to "poor accounting transparency". The Trump administration conducted its first freedom-of-navigation operation in late May, sending the USS Dewey within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef.
China follows the path of peaceful development and its defense expenditures are "open and transparent", it said in a statement. "It is a legitimate right of a sovereign state", Hua said.
The increased spending along with a number of recent military reforms is part of a "modernization" effort aimed at improving the Chinese military's "ability to fight short-duration, high-intensity regional conflicts at greater distances from the Chinese mainland", according to the report. His speech was received favorably by Japan and other US allies.
It is expected that China's defense budget is likely to increase by an annual average of 7 percent, growing to United States dollars 260 billion by 2020 for a force that, although expanding, is expected over the near-term to remain primarily regional.