“Chinese Project at Balochistan port: local protests, global concerns”

News– Since November, there have been continuous protests in Gwadar, Baluchistan against mega-development plans of the port city as a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. 

About Baluchistan- 

Baluchistan is among the least developed even though it is the most resource-rich of Pakistan’s four provinces. The main means of livelihood for people in the region is fishing.  

What are Indian Specific concerns of India? 

Gwadar gives China the strategic access to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is not just being developed as a trade entrepot but as a dual-purpose port for use by PLAN (the Chinese Navy) and is intended to expand Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region. With vital military interests in West Asia, the US too is concerned about the Chinese presence in Gwadar. 

Given China’s ambitions in the Indo-Pacific, and Pakistan’s close military ties with it, these concerns will remain. 

Source-This post is based on article “Chinese Project at Balochistan port: local protests, global concerns” Published in The Indian Express on 11 Dec 2021 

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