Gwadar, situated at Pakistan's south-west coast are going to be Pakistan's new energy port and hub for storage and refining. Gwadar is a gigantic
project. In addition to becoming a huge energy port and hub, it will become a "Las Vegas" with lots of tourist hotels and casinos. Huge investments
have been made in this project. The Chinese have invested at least over $200 Billion (two hundred Billion dollars!) in Gwadar alone, and they are also
planning a naval base there! Look at the map, it's a very strategic location near the Strait of Hormuz. They want to secure supply of oil and gas
from Iran via Gwadar to China.
But there are obstacles... There's a lot of unrest in and around Gwadar. Explosions and sabotage actions against oil facilities and hotels happens
all the time. Lots of Chinese engineers have been killed in Gwadar. "Insurgents" are supplied with weapons, etc. to cause trouble. Taliban is
present. And in addition, the local population are getting ripped off by their government, and they are poor and angry about this whole thing.
There's a proxy war. India for instance, does not like the idea of a Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean. And India does not like Pakistan,
but that's old news.
Musharraf has approved a mass transit railway system
to connect Gwadar via
Chitral to Tajikistan and China. Those trains will be Chinese made, of course.
Business Recorder: President approves mass transit system
for 8 cities: rail network to link Gwadar with China and Tajikistan
((July 30 2006)
Other Means: The White Elephant of Gwadar?
Consider also the possibility that the security situation is now so poor in the area surrounding the port - and more widely in the surrounding
province of Balochistan - that even the port's authorities are reportedly questioning whether the facility can become operational in the near
Couldn't Gwadar and Balochistan thus become the scene of a proxy conflict between China-Pakistan and India? It may already be so, with the Pakistani
regime mainly propped up by the Chinese and its military supplied with Chinese weapons, while there have been accusations of India supplying arms to
General Pervez Musharraf: Gwadar Port: first phase to be
operational within next two months
July 30 2006
Gwadar a new economic hub of Pakistan is located at the entrance of Persian Gulf.It has immense geo economic significance.
With the functioning of Gwadar port Pakistan will become a key player in the Gulf region and serving as an energy corridor for Central Asia, South
Asia and Western Part of China.
Gwadar is situated at a location where 40 percent oil ships are passing.
This Gwadar project is so huge and important, it should be watched closely. If someone pushes the wrong button, it means BIG trouble! If the US starts
bombing oil facilities in Iran for instance, China will be very
angry. Add stuff you find related to current events in Gwadar, or feel free to
add your comments instead. Or both
[edit on 1-9-2006 by sanctum]