Chinese presence at Gwadar port concern

Pakistan’s decision to hand over strategic Gwadar port to China is a matter of “serious concern” for India, Defence Minister A K Antony said Wednesday.

Chinese presence at Gwadar port a matter of concern: Antony

Bangalore: Pakistan’s decision to hand over strategic Gwadar port to China is a matter of “serious concern” for India, Defence Minister A K Antony said Wednesday.

“Chinese are now constructing that port on Pakistan’s request. In one sentence, I can say that it is a matter of concern to us. My answer is simple and straightforward,” he said at the Aero India press conference here.

The Minister was responding to a media query if the handing over of Gwadar port in Pakistan to China would make India’s western frontiers more vulnerable.

Gwadar port is situated at a strategic location as it is located at the apex of the Arabian Sea and the mouth of the Persian Gulf. It is also only about 400 kms away from the Strait of Hormuz, a key global oil supply route.

The Minister’s remarks in the backdrop of reports in Chinese official media that the port development was not an attempt by the Chinese side to ‘encircle’ India.

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Source: Zee News.

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