posted on Mar, 29 2007 @ 01:51 AM
Yep with the Indians making inroads into the Pacific, the Chinese are trying to debut in the Indian Ocean/Arabian Sea/Bay of Bengal.
Here's an interesting link:
Indian Fleet Leaves on 'Historic' Trip
Anyways I doubt 'nukes' in particular have much to do with value of Gwadar. Like I said before, with 3 CSGs in and around the Straits of Hormuz ,
Gwadar serves as an excellent position for eavesdropping,observing and cataloguing info on USN vessels. After All all the action is in a 500km radius
If you can see Gwadar is only ~100km from the Iranian border.
hence Gwadar also allows the Pakistan Navy to get some buffer distance between itself and the ever-growing Indian surface fleet. High-Value naval
assets at Gwadar can be guarded and alerted to any possible IN adventure by Pakistani naval EW further down the coast; i.e. in and around Karachi.
In order to sneak up on Gwadar un-noticed the IN would need to approach the port on an axis which would actually put it close to ME countries like
Oman. This area is crowded as it is with the USN,RN etc etc..all jamboreeing there.
Finally(I think this has been mentioned here before) Gwadar can possibly allow Pakistan to exert influence over all vital shipping lanes in the
region. Thus Pakistan(and more importnatly China) can keep watch over their energy supply routes from the MiddleEast. The Gwadar port can also serve
as a route by which chinese energy supplies transit through Pakistan and into China without ever having to go through the Straits of Malacca and US
allies in ASEAN.
However there is another twist to it all:
The region that connects Pakistan and China is rife with the Kashmir problem
and India has just finished construction of its first foreign AFB at Ayni, Tajikistan.