China gets 40-year management rights on Gwadar port, access to Arabian Sea

Published: April 15, 2015
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With strong military possibilities, China has won the right to operate Pakistan’s Gwadar port for a period of 40 years.

This move will give China access to Gulf countries, and the possibility of building a naval base on the Arabian Sea in future, sources revealed.

Dostain Khan Jamaldini, chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority, on a Hong-King based news channel was quoted to have said the port could be put into full use by 2015 end because the infrastructure construction was nearly complete.

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China has both financed and constructed the port because it opens up a route for transporting Middle East oil by a 3,000-km long land route from Gwadar port to Kashgar, the northwestern Chinese city.

The TV report further added that oil from the Middle East could be offloaded at Gwadar and transported to China by rail and road.

Located right at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the Gwadar port is just outside the Strait of Hormuz, which is the gateway for about 20 percent of the world’s oil.

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“It (the port) will turn the tables… it will really benefit Pakistan and China,” Phoenix TV quoted Riaz Mohammad Khan, advisory board member of the Center for International Strategic Studies in Pakistan as saying.

China is building an economic corridor connecting Gwadar to China’s Xinjiang via roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas. It would act as a bridge for China’s planned Maritime Silk Route meant to link more than 20 countries as part of a trans-Eurasian project.

China is set to invest $1.62 billion on further development of the Gwadar project, which includes construction of an eastern expressway linking the harbor and coastline, an international airport, breakwater and nine other projects expected to be complete in three to five years.

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The TV report concluded that a container terminal measuring 1,200 metres would soon be built by Gwadar along with a 300-meter-long cargo terminal that can harbor four berths.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on a request by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, gave the go-ahead to the interior ministry to raise a high-profile force with the help of the military and provide foolproof security to the Chinese working on the economic corridor project.

This article originally appeared on Times of India

Reader Comments (36)

  • Mohammad
    Apr 15, 2015 - 10:36AM

    Welcome Chinese brothers – I highly doubt, based on your performance that you are going to suck every drop of Arabian Ocean and Pakistanis will sing a usual song – Deeper than the Ocean, Sweeter than the Honey, Higher than the Mountains, Pak China Friendship! Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Apr 15, 2015 - 10:36AM

    I have no choice but to trust my fellow Pakistanis that they are not going to draft an agreement which will put us backward for next 40 years.Recommend

  • Mickey Dewar
    Apr 15, 2015 - 12:02PM

    From Army for rent to ports for rent ! Shashgam valley rented out to China. fighters Rented out for ISIS, everything has a price and can be rented in Pakistan….. Pakistan has a strong sales pitch or just plain stupid? Recommend

  • pakistani
    Apr 15, 2015 - 12:08PM

    now India will start the dirty game. It can never see pakistan progressing.
    UAE has also been playing its politics on this port. Afterall, the dubai port business will reduce considerably if Gawdar Port is live & running.

    Time for the army to take matter in own hands and give first class security to all people in & around this port. There will be more games played by UAE & India in coming days on this port.Recommend

  • Qureshi
    Apr 15, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Entering a new era of slavery? US was in the same position in the 60’s and the 80’s. Perhaps.Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Apr 15, 2015 - 12:51PM

    GAWADER next Dubai in making, but haters gonna hate & movers gonna move on… This will open economic opportunities to Pak as well as for China..Recommend

  • Shah(Berlin)
    Apr 15, 2015 - 1:02PM

    @Mohammad:

    Do you really know wht a Trans port actually mean…??? And why will it push us back….????? I just dont get the logic hereRecommend

  • goldconsumer
    Apr 15, 2015 - 1:07PM

    No wonder UAE is unhappy..Recommend

  • sami
    Apr 15, 2015 - 1:09PM

    Well done PMLNRecommend

  • Frank
    Apr 15, 2015 - 1:27PM

    @Mohammad:

    Good points, but since we are clearly incapable of running our own country we might as well let the Chinese do it!Recommend

  • Zaid
    Apr 15, 2015 - 1:32PM

    Yeah let’s just hope Gwadar doesn’t become the next CrimeaRecommend

  • A J Khan
    Apr 15, 2015 - 1:48PM

    Seeing the chequered history, general conduct, moral decay, vested interests and incompetence of Pakistan’s bureaucracy I have some reservations and fears on the agreement that they have signed with China.

    Pakistan bureaucracy has the audacity to give away gold mine of Reko Diq, gulp the kickbacks, put the Government in predicament & ask them to pay millions, possibly billions, of dollars as compensation for the Reko Diq gold and copper mines to a discredited and ousted Canadian-Chilean mining consortium, .

    I have no doubts on the intent of the Chinese Government but fear its capacity for harm at some stage.
    So !!!
    Has the agreement been vetted by credible professional legal fraternity?
    What are the safe guards against damages?
    What are the safe guards for our Sovereignty?Recommend

  • Just Saying
    Apr 15, 2015 - 2:12PM

    Thank you General Musharraf. It was your farsightedness that we have achieved this today. Recommend

  • taimur
    Apr 15, 2015 - 2:26PM

    heard word called “COLONY” . FRIENDS NOT MASTERS repeats again, yesterday was USA, today Arabs , tomorrow china.Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    Apr 15, 2015 - 2:29PM

    As usual ET’s Web Desk at Ctrl-C & Ctrl-V. It is quite funny that it chooses the best of the garbage to feed into the troll fest.

    For the comments above who were not gone beyond the headline I am sure, here is the juice.

    China is building an economic corridor connecting Gwadar to China’s Xinjiang via roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas. It would act as a bridge for China’s planned Maritime Silk Route meant to link more than 20 countries as part of a trans-Eurasian project.

    China is set to invest $1.62 billion on further development of the Gwadar project, which includes construction of an eastern expressway linking the harbor and coastline, an international airport, breakwater and nine other projects expected to be complete in three to five years.

    Long Live Pak China Friendship and God Speed to Gwadar Project.

    regards,Recommend

  • Lone Warrior
    Apr 15, 2015 - 3:11PM

    Anyone who has worked for a Chinese company would agree with me that it’s the worst Govt could do to its people. This friendship doesn’t seem to exist when you work for Chinese. All we will get is kids singing “Pak Cheen dosti zindabad”Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Apr 15, 2015 - 4:26PM

    @Mohammad:
    you really are sad. :) Why on earth will that hurt us? We were never using Gwadar so China built it and will use it too. We just rented them that space and will get benefits too. Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Apr 15, 2015 - 4:29PM

    @Mickey Dewar:
    You are right. Its a loot sale going on where the looters will even sell their ……. to anyone Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Apr 15, 2015 - 6:55PM

    @Waseem Sarwar:

    Out of 20 crore people, you are unable to find capable people to run it? Recommend

  • Someone
    Apr 15, 2015 - 7:54PM

    UAE is an ally of Pakistan. What makes people think Dubai would feel threatened? There are growing cities like Doha, Manama, Kuwait City and other new cities coming up in the Gulf which can also challenge Dubai. Hence shifting all the focus onto Gwadar and acting as if Dubai feels threatened is not true.Recommend

  • Jalal
    Apr 15, 2015 - 9:00PM

    I think British colonialisms was better than Chinese one. Slavery is part of Punjabi mindset which they are imposing on other provinces.Recommend

  • woody
    Apr 15, 2015 - 9:20PM

    @Careless Whispers:

    GAWADER next Dubai in making, but
    haters gonna hate & movers gonna move
    on… This will open economic
    opportunities to Pak as well as for
    China..

    Dubai attracts people throughout the World – nobody except you compares Pakistan to Dubai. Further – Gwadar is a deep water port that has sat unused for decades for good reason — Pakistan already has excess capacity with it’s existing ports and the Silk Road propaganda ignores that the Silk Road disappeared because it was no longer economically viable and China/Mid East trade is miniscule compared with it’s trade with the West.Recommend

  • AK47
    Apr 16, 2015 - 9:37AM

    A wrong decision to give China control over Gawadar port. Pakistan will regret this decision in future.Recommend

  • Bablu
    Apr 16, 2015 - 11:33AM

    Lets hope this decision will provide economic opportunities to Pakistanis. Recommend

  • Netizen
    Apr 16, 2015 - 11:55AM

    And that is how the East India Company started. The Company established its first base at the port of Surat in Gujarat in 1612 and the rest is History.Recommend

  • Raja Porus
    Apr 16, 2015 - 1:17PM

    @ Jalal:
    Slavery must be a part of your uneducated mindset. Punjabis (mostly Rajputs but also Ghakkars, Jats, and Sikhs) have ruled the subcontinent for more than 1,000 years. Read up a bit on your history mate.Recommend

  • Apr 16, 2015 - 2:51PM

    Right of Hindus righting with fake Muslim names to criticize Pakistan China trade agreements and in fact they are extremely jealous of Pakistan China friendship, This is more in favor of Pakistan then to China, as they will develop a strong naval base for us.But 40 years is a bit too much maybe 20, to 20 years in two times will be better as to access the development situation after 20 years.Recommend

  • Asif
    Apr 16, 2015 - 5:59PM

    It continues to baffle me the stupidity of present Government. In 60’s Khrushchev threatened to point Intercontinental ThermoNuclear Bomb to Peshawar since we housed American U2 spying on Soviets. Now PM has given us a gift of having American ICBM pointed at Gwadar ….Thank You sir.Recommend

  • Aleem
    Apr 17, 2015 - 12:56AM

    @Qureshi:
    Giving management rights for ports is a very normal thing to do as part of the privatization effort. All over the UAE, their port management is outsourced as is the case with other countries. Recommend

  • Naresh
    Apr 17, 2015 - 1:06AM

    @Jahangur Chauhan: But 40 years is a bit too much maybe 20, to 20 years in two times will be better as to access the development situation after 20 years.
    .
    40 Years may be a bit more. the usual period in giving Ports for Management is 30 Years. However, as Pakistan has a special relationship with China I feel that the Period of 40 Years not very excessive.
    CheersRecommend

  • Tyggar
    Apr 17, 2015 - 1:13AM

    Now that the Chinese have come in, how will you ever get them out. But then you do not think beyond the next two weeks.

    Gwadar is gone to the Chinese for everRecommend

  • Palijo
    Apr 17, 2015 - 7:53AM

    This is naked colonization of Baluchistan by China. Shame on the Punjabi ruling elite of Pakistan for happily agreeing to this colonization. Recommend

  • Palijo
    Apr 17, 2015 - 10:26AM

    This is colonization of Balochistan by China. Recommend

  • Apr 17, 2015 - 1:15PM

    china has intrest in the for along time,but due to pakistan arab good relation they do not get the chance but now a clash between the middle east and make china to take a step it will be good for pakistan Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 17, 2015 - 1:18PM

    One wonders as to why China is wasting its time …….Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 18, 2015 - 11:04AM

    “With strong military possibilities, China has won the right to operate Pakistan’s Gwadar port for a period of 40 years.
    This move will give China access to Gulf countries, and the possibility of building a naval base on the Arabian Sea in future, sources revealed.”

    I am dead sure that China will be much better than US after getting management’s right of Gwadar Port and as far as Chinese naval base’s construction with strong military hold concerns then in the future this Chinese step Pakistan will be much secure from Gwadar’s side in regard of naval aggression from any country.Much the best,excellent and august live example of comradeship between Pakistan and China from all aspects including naval defence from Gwadar’s side…..Recommend

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