Pakistan agrees to Russia’s use of Gwadar port for export operations
The Government Of Pakistan Has already been Agreed To Use The Port Of Gwadar For Export Operations In The Context Of Moscow’s Interest In The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, The Pakistan News International Reported.
Russia’s Caspian neighbors, Turkmenistan and Iran, have also shown interest in using the port of Gwadar for trade, the newspaper reported.
According to the media analysis, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service, Mr. Bortnikov, visited Islamabad and held talks with senior representatives of Pakistan’s intelligence and defense services. After Bortnikov raised Russia’s desire to join the China-Pakistan economic corridor, the Pakistani government sent a positive signal allowing Russia to use the port of Gwadar.
At that time, Pakistani PM, who is visiting Turkmenistan, welcomed Russia’s desire to join the economic corridor, according to the newspaper. An agreement on the port is expected to be signed next month.
Gwadar Port is an essential node in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The port was inaugurated as early but only became commercially operational in 2021. State companies hold ports, but they managed by China Overseas Ports Holdings Limited.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reached a consensus with the prime minister during a visit to Pakistan to build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor from China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Gwadar Port, Pakistan. China is expected to invest billions.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is 3000 kilometers long, connecting the Silk Road Economic Belt to thenorth. As we know Silk Road to the south is a key hub for the north-south silk road, a trade corridor including roads, railways, oil and gas, and fiber-optic cable channels important part of China’s Belt and Road.
China-Pakistan international railway route
The green line is the China-Pakistan international railway route, and the blue line is the Persian Gulf to Yangon, Myanmar, and then through the China-Myanmar International Railway. The black line is a traditional shipping route through the Strait of Malacca.
The opening of the port of Gwadar foreshadows that goods destined for China can be unloaded in Gwadar port by pipeline or land into China without being necked by Malacca. Chinese exports to West Asia and the Middle East can be transported directly to the Persian Gulf via the Strait of Malacca.
The opening of the two international railways, China-Myanmar, and the port
of Gwadar, will re-create the strategic position of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, while Singapore trade will be hit hard.
Pearl Chain Strategy to Export Golf Oil
The port of Gwadar is bordered by Pakistan and Iran and near the Strait of Hormuz. Most of the ships that export Gulf oil to international markets pass through the Strait of Hormuz.
Rand, a former senior Indian government official, and strategic analyst, said China’s control of the port of Gwadar amounted to opening the way to the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf and would allow it to deploy military forces in the region.
Indian media also said that China took control of the Pakistan port of Gwadar and acquired one of the “shiny” pearls in China’s “pearl chain” strategy. In addition to Gwadar, China’s Pearl Chain strategy includes the port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka, Malo in the Maldives, Chittagong in Bangladesh, and the port of Shizu in Myanmar. China has always denied that investment in these ports as part of its overall strategy to contain India.
An anonymous source at Pakistan’s foreign ministry said India did not have the authority to talk about Pakistan’s Gwadar port operation.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei also reiterated last week that China’s operation of Gwadar port is a commercial project and part of long-term cooperation between the two countries. It will benefit to the residential societies Gwadar.