Amid the difficult phase that Pakistan is going through in terms of its economy, the country has clarified that China has not asked for military access to Pakistan’s Chinese-funded, deepwater port of Gwadar.
The confirmation came about from a senior Pakistani rear admiral.
This is despite the fact that there are serious apprehensions in the international community that Gwadar will eventually become a Chinese naval base.
It need be mentioned that Gwadar is in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.
The plan is to turn Gwadar into a trans-shipment hub and megaport to be built alongside special economic zones from which export-focused industries will ship goods worldwide.
A web of energy pipelines, roads and rail links will connect Gwadar to China’s western regions.
China opened its first overseas military base, which it formally calls a logistics facility, in the Horn of Africa country Djibouti last year.>