India 'concerned' over China running Gwadar port

Beijing also funded a port in Sri Lanka and has been approached to help build a similar facility in Bangladesh.


Afp February 06, 2013
Pakistan approved a deal transferring management of Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea from a Singapore company to China. PHOTO: FILE

BANGALORE: India's defence minister said Wednesday that New Delhi was concerned by Pakistan's decision last month to transfer management of a strategically located deep-sea port to China.

"In one sentence, it is a matter of concern for us," AK Antony told reporters in Bangalore where he inaugurated the Indian air show. "My answer is very straightforward and simple."

On January 30, Pakistan approved a deal transferring management of Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea from a Singapore company to China, which provided most of the funding to build the facility in the province of Balochistan.

China has been extending its influence with traditional allies of New Delhi around the Indian Ocean as well as in Pakistan.

Beijing also funded a port in Sri Lanka and has been approached to help build a similar facility in Bangladesh.

A high-level Chinese delegation from Beijing is attending the Aero India show for the first time in a sign of improving relations between Asia's two biggest countries, which renewed their military cooperation last September.

COMMENTS (133)

asif | 8 years ago | Reply

By seeing your attitude don't cry when india help Afghanistan. You are evil with China want to harm india but when india help poor Afghans you cry

Bharat Verma | 8 years ago | Reply

Why this matter concerns India is a very legitimate question. Its not that Pakistan and China, the all weather friends, can do any harm to us. But Balochistan was illegally occupied by Pakistan in 1948, so as the present day Gilgit and Azad Kashmir. India stands by the Balochi people and this 'selling' of important port sector is a very serious matter.

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