As angry Balochistan begins final struggle to kick Pakistan out, China might lose its prized “Gwadar port”

China is facing a new challenge in its geopolitical goals to cut short the route for Chinese goods through the Gwadar port in Balochistan, which is occupied by Pakistan, instead of sailing around South Asia- an area that is traditionally influenced by New Delhi and the Indian Navy.

Located in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, the Gwadar port and other Chinese investments are facing a direct threat from the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA).

The struggle against occupational forces in Balochistan is no longer aimed at just against Islamabad but also against Beijing as the Balochs have realised how the occupational forces in the region are today backed and led by China.

Recently, Pakistani security forces abandoned their check posts in Balochistan after they came under heavy stone pelting from protesters.

The protests had erupted in Brabchah, Balochistan and spread across the entire province on Wednesday after a 4-year old was shot down by Pakistan Army-backed terrorists in Turbat City.

Strong reaction has come from Baloch activists, and the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) has come down heavily on the Pakistan Army over this gruesome incident. It has termed the incident “a continuation of the massacre of Pakistan armed forces in Balochistan who have been engaged in kidnapping civilians for ransom and dumping mutilated bodies for the last several years”.

This is bad news for China as it directly jeopardises its ambitious China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) which links China’s far Western Xinjiang province to the Gwadar port. Beijing has invested 60 billion dollars in this project that also passes through Aksai Chin and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Gwadar port itself is being developed at a massive cost of 1.62 billion dollars,and Beijing’s ultimate aim is to gain a strong foothold over the Indian Ocean by accessing and repeating the Gwadar port.

In fact, China is looking to build a naval base in Gwadar that will complete its first overseas military base in Djibouti as far as Beijing’s presence and influence in the Indian Ocean are concerned.

According to Forbes“Recent satellite images appear to show that several new complexes have been built in the last few years. One of them, identified as being used by a Chinese company involved in port development, has unusually high security.”


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