Baloch criticize Chinese presence in Gwadar



Gwadar, Jan 14 : Anger and frustration is running high over the growing presence of Chinese in Gwadar, an important coastal town in Balochistan. China, which provides over 80 per cent of the port’s 248 million dollar development costs, has plans to build a naval base at Gwadar, a strategically important harbor off the Arabian Sea. It will host both Pakistani and Chinese ships. However, Baloch political parties and nationalist leaders have been resisting the Chinese presence since 2002, when the construction contract for the Gwadar Port was awarded to a Chinese firm. Allowing a third country to do business in forcefully occupied Balochistan, Pakistan appears to want to diminish the ongoing Baloch National Movement.

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