Pak-China ties: Gawadar port one part of a larger plan

By APP
Published: August 13, 2013

Gwadar port stretches across a larger economic corridor from Balochistan, to China, linking it to the Arabian Sea. PHOTO: FILE

BEIJING: The Gwadar Port is a key component of the China-Pakistan economic corridor which is aimed at strengthening economic links with the neighbouring regional states, said Special Secretary for Asia-Pacific affairs at Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Noor Muhammad Jadmani, while commenting on the speculations in media on the use of the port.

The Gwadar port forms one part of a larger economic corridor project stretching from Gwadar, Balochistan, to Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, linking China to the Arabian Sea.

Administrative authority for the port previously rested with a Singaporean company. It was transferred to a Chinese company in February.

“This port will be facilitating China’s exports as well as Pakistan’s own economic development and activities,” Jadmani said. The port needs to be effectively utilised, and the operation is expected to pick up speed, he added.

“Clearly, the Pakistan-China relationship needs to be further enhanced for mutual benefit, and this is a project that would help us out,” he said.

A “peaceful neighbourhood” including India and Afghanistan is what Pakistan prioritises in its diplomatic guidelines, Jadmani said.

He described bilateral cooperation in infrastructure projects as “salient”, saying many Chinese engineers have given their lives for the Karakoram Highway that connects the two countries.       Bilateral trade reached more than $12 billion last year, and Islamabad is “working in the direction” of raising this figure to $15 billion by 2015.

China is a very “strong emerging market”, he said.

During his visit to Pakistan in May, Premier Li Keqiang proposed helping Pakistan to cultivate 1,000 Chinese language teachers with the aim of facilitating people-to-people exchanges.

Jadmani said various projects contracted or operated by the Chinese in Pakistan had contributed to a growing enthusiasm for learning Mandarin. “If you know the language, it is very helpful to further cement the bond of friendship.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Maverick
    Aug 13, 2013 - 8:14PM

    More importantly, the deep sea port at Gawadar will enable the Pakistan Navy and its ally, the PLA Navy to encircle its tin-pot adversary, the Indian Navy- and put an end to its fantasy of becoming a naval super-power.

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  • Naresh
    Aug 14, 2013 - 1:00AM

    @Maverick Ji : You stated “More importantly, the deep sea port at Gawadar will enable the Pakistan Navy and its ally, the PLA Navy to encircle its tin-pot adversary, the Indian Navy- and put an end to its fantasy of becoming a naval super-power.”
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    One has heard Pakistani Commentators and Opinion Makers make statements in similar vein since the Port of Gwadar was inaugurated on the 20th March, 2007, started commercial operations from March 2008.and since then the Port of Gwadar has handled a Total of about Five Million Tonnes.
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    In comparison the Indian Port of Mundra handled about 29 Million Tonnes in Financial Year 2008. In FY 2012 Mundra handled over 82 Million Tonnes.
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    India’s Interests do not lie in becoming a Super Power. India just wants to – above all – improve ITSELF IN THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL FIELDS.
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    CheersRecommend

  • B
    Aug 14, 2013 - 1:42AM

    @Maverick:
    Are you saying that this port is a military one and not a commercial one.

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  • Muhammad afzal
    Aug 14, 2013 - 5:58PM

    @Naresh:
    Thanks dear!
    A Pakistani.

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  • GSR
    Aug 14, 2013 - 8:20PM

    @Naresh:

    Are you kidding???
    India is doing anything but putting money in “Economic and Social Fields”!!! It is building up its navy, setting up strike forces against China, setting up 700K troops in Kashmir, putting more on nukes…all the while its crumbling infrastructure makes Detroit look good and poor electricity levels make its citizens jealous of Bangladesh!!!

    The vast majority are living in slums, toilets are the road on the street, corruption is everywhere but all rabid hyped-up media crazy Indians want to do is go to war with Pakistan, China, Lanka, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Maldives, Khalistan, Nepal, Naxalites….

    Pakistan is working with China on its future- and China delivers results. India is working with US and Israel to undermine its neighbours- and that won’t provide any good results my friends.

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  • Javelin
    Aug 14, 2013 - 10:03PM

    @GSR:
    Dream on – my friend. Be careful when you wake up from your sleep.

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  • Naresh
    Aug 14, 2013 - 10:32PM

    @GSR: all the while its crumbling infrastructure makes Detroit look good
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    In the FY 2012-2013 India manufactured over 20 Million Automobiles (Buses, Trucks, Cars, SUV, Two- Wheelers, Three Wheelers etc, etc.
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    Pakistan’s Total NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED in FY 2012 is 11.164500 Million. In addition the Pakistan’s Total Automobile Production (In Reality ASSEMBLED) should be about 1.8 Million.
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    Let us not talk about Other Indian Industries.
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    Regarding Pakistan-China Trade including Hong Kong the 2012-2013 Amount hovers around US$ 8.5 Billion – Figures from State Bank of Pakistan.
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    The India – China Trade including Hong Kong the 2012-2013 Amount hovers around US$ 88 Billion – Figures from the Indian Director General of Foreign Trade.
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    So much for the Pakistan’s deeper than oceans; higher than mountains; stronger than steel; sweeter than honey and more precious than eyes FRIEND – CHINA!
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    Moderators : I trust this will be posted!
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    Cheers

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  • Naresh
    Aug 14, 2013 - 10:34PM

    @Muhammad afzal Ji:
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    Aap Ki Seva Mein.
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    Dhanyawad!
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    Cheers

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  • Naresh
    Aug 15, 2013 - 6:27PM

    @GSR: and poor electricity levels make its citizens jealous of Bangladesh!!!
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    Do let me know if you want details of Per Capita Electricity Generated in India is nearly TWICE as compared to Pakistan.
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    Cheers

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  • GSR
    Aug 16, 2013 - 12:32AM

    @ Naresh.

    Maybe, But your trajectory is poor.

    Pak is working with China- Chinese are doers. Indians will keep on talking while Pak will pass them by- as has Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh.

    India’s trade is same as with Russia as China- all one way with deficits. You import because you produce nothing of value that the world wants exported to them.

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  • Siddiqui
    Aug 17, 2013 - 8:43PM

    The low per capita consumption of electricity is due to the fact that most of the household have supply of natural gas( called Sui gas ) in Pakistan. The consumption in Pakistan is 225 cubic meters per person compared with India which has a 50 cubic meters per person consumption. Which makes it more than four times the consumption of natural gas in Pakistan. All kitchen stoves/cookers runs on gas so does the water geysers. Here is the link
    http://www.indexmundi.com/map/?v=137000

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