China Takes Over Key Pakistan Port
India alarmed by string of Chinese ports
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2013 12:03 AM CST
A Pakistani soldier of Pakistan's paramilitary force is silhouetted at Gwadar port, 435 miles from Karachi.   (AP Photo/Shakil Adil, file)

(Newser) – China has taken over management of a major port in Pakistan in a move that gives it a potential naval base close to the Strait of Hormuz, reports Reuters. China paid most of the $248 million used to build the port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea, aiming to slash the time it takes oil to reach China from the Middle East and Africa. The acquisition of the port has alarmed India, which fears it is being encircled by a string of Chinese-funded ports that also includes facilities in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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1freeusa
Feb 19, 2013 8:14 PM CST
As all former empires (including us) have learned, it is easy to conquer, its expensive to keep. all empires bankrupt themselves holding onto what they have taken from others, We are there now.....china will once again get its turn.
1freeusa
Feb 19, 2013 7:34 PM CST
this increased world influence by China has been brought to you by western corporate venture capitalism (greed) and inept western goberment policies (corruption) Since corporations are considered citizens too, perhaps they should be on trial for treason. Since not, I could care less or fear china any more than I do my own country s government.
Neuman
Feb 19, 2013 10:24 AM CST
China is going to put India in a stranglehold. It is only a matter of time before they start referring to India as a 'break away province.'