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China will deploy its naval ships along with Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the USD 46billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a navy official shedding light on a plan that is likely to alarm India.

Chinese Naval Vessels at Gwadar port

Chinese Naval Vessels at Gwadar Port

Chinese Naval Vessels at Gwadar port

China and Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

  • China and Pakistan are currently building the nearly 3,000-km-long economic corridor linking Pakistan’s Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea with Xinjiang to improve connectivity between the two countries.
  • Move would open up a new and cheaper cargo route for transporting oil to China as well as export of Chinese goods to the Middle East and Africa.
  • The role of maritime forces has increased since the country has made the Gwadar port operational and speeded up economic activities under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
  • China will also deploy its naval ships in coordination with Pakistan Navy to safeguard the port and trade under the CPEC.
  • The Gwadar port would enhance the military capabilities of both China and Pakistan, and make it possible for the Chinese Navy easily access the Arabian Sea.
  • Pakistan navy is buying super-fast ships from China and Turkey for its special squadron to deploy at the Gwadar port for the security purpose. Moreover, two defence ships have deployed at Gwadar.
  • Pakistan has kicked off the process of establishing the largest shipyard of the region in Gwadar. A similar shipbuilding project deliberated at Port Qasim in Karachi.
  • Two advanced shipyards would design and develop ships and other security equipment for Pakistan Navy.

India’S Challenge

  • Obviously, India has been tilting at the CPEC and its capacity to block the flagship of China’s One Belt One Road appearing in its northwestern neighbourhood.
  • Silk Road initiatives have already stimulated regional connectivity in the South Asian region, involving Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  • New thinking needs to put pressure on Pakistan to jettison what India calls its sponsorship of terrorist groups.
  • India’s Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic.
  • India seems to opt for a repackaging of the Look East policy. It is getting embroiled in China-Japan tensions. Such naivety can turn out to be dangerous.
  • Serious contradictions are bound to arise in India’s relations with a host of other Asian countries as well – our time-tested friend Russia included.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 26, 2016


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