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

(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.

A Pakistani soldier of Pakistan's paramilitary force is silhouetted at  Gwadar port,  435 miles from Karachi.
A Pakistani soldier of Pakistan's paramilitary force is silhouetted at Gwadar port, 435 miles from Karachi.   (AP Photo/Shakil Adil, file)
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