Pakistan's Gwadar, Karachi to be linked with China's Kashgar: PM

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    Gwadar, Karachi to be linked with Kashgar: PM
    Thursday, June 06, 2013

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday announced Karachi and Gwadar would be linked by road and rail with Kashgar, China via Khunjrab to boost regional trade.

    In his maiden speech at the National Assembly after being elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif referred to his meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during latter’s recent visit to Pakistan in which they agreed to construct a rail track and road link from Kashgar to Gwadar, leading to Karachi.

    He said Chinese premier had asked him to constitute a task force for carrying out the feasibility of the projects and assured to form a similar team in China, so both the teams could work in cohesion.


    He lauded the handing over of Gwadar Port to China by previous government, which he said should be a free Port and have a special status. If the Port had not been handed over to China, we would not have been discussing this Port here, he remarked. app

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    Building on ties: New premier indicates plan to link Gwadar with China

    ISLAMABAD:

    Newly-elected Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in his maiden speech, revealed that Islamabad and Beijing have expressed a keen desire to implement the Gwadar-Khunjerab-Kashgar rail network. The project had been discussed during talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his recent visit to Pakistan.

    While PM Sharif said the actual details of the project would be shared at a later date, he also stated that both countries will soon establish a taskforce to complete the project within the next five years, indicating that it may be implemented on a fast-track basis.

    The successful implementation of the Gwadar-Khunjerab-Kashgar rail network will help China secure oil supply and commercial routes on the Indian Ocean, furthering its plans to secure yet another strategic energy and trade corridor. Besides, the project is expected to provide a major boost to Pakistan’s sinking economy.

    The project is part of China’s ‘Strings of Pearl’ strategic initiative, under which the economic giant wants to secure maritime centres in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Somalia. The plan highlights China’s growing influence on the region’s ports and airfields. The previous government has already handed over administrative control of the port to China.

    The project, which will root Gawadar as a nexus point connecting the West with Central China, was the only scheme mentioned by the new premier in his first speech, and seems close to his stated vision of building mega-projects. It also indicates the new government’s desire to receive economic benefits from the world’s second-largest economy.

    Notwithstanding successive governments’ amenability to the Chinese cause, the implementation of the project, originally conceived over a decade ago, is dependent upon Pakistan’s ability to overpower regional and international forces working against it.

    The United States and the United Kingdom are trying to keep a check on China’s increasing interests in the Indian Ocean through Bahrain and Dubai, insiders say. The western powers are reportedly offering a New Silk Route alternative to lure Pakistan away from China’s ‘friendly’ grasp.

    “Some countries are not happy with the Pakistan-China relationship, and Pakistan will have to make inroads through diplomacy alone,” observed Akram Zaki, a former diplomat and an expert on Pakistan-China relations. He said the Gwadar-Kashgar project will increase China’s stake in Pakistan’s security, besides the economic dividends of the project.

    More importantly, the success of the project depends on China’s resolve to finance it: the actual cost is yet to be determined, but 2005 estimates showed it over $10 billion.

    “The project was conceived many years ago, but it was not pursued actively in the past,” Tariq Puri, former executive director of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, told The Express Tribune. Puri had been part of a delegation that visited Urumqi and Kashgar and reviewed the possibility of implementing this project.

    The project will route Chinese goods destined for the Middle East and other global destinations from Urumqi through Gwadar. It will save the Chinese half of their current voyage time and secure their oil supplies and commercial routes. The distance from Dubai to Khunjerab is 3,300 miles; the distance from Dubai to Shanghai via the Indian Ocean is about 9,000 miles.

    “China will be gaining virtual control of the Indian Ocean and the energy and trade corridor from the Gulf,” Puri said. He said China’s plans also provide a trade opportunity to Pakistan, as the northern neighbour will be the next big consumer market for Pakistani products in the coming years.

    According to an official of the Planning Commission, such a major investment will create thousands of jobs, besides boosting economic growth and bringing in prosperity in Balochistan, a historically underdeveloped province. Pakistan will also receive a transit fee for all goods passing through its territories. However, the project’s implementation is not without economic and political costs: Pakistan is solely dependent on China for the construction of the rail network, as its cost runs higher than that of the Diamer Basha Dam.

    Building on ties: New premier indicates plan to link Gwadar with China – The Express Tribune
     
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    All this stuff is mere flights of fantasy. Mr Puri has been eating too many puris, it seems, along with bhang wala halwa.
     
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    Ah, but only if Mr Puri's the only one with interest in that. The Chinese will pull it off if they really want it.
     
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    The Chinese gave up their opium addiction decades ago Sir, so I have no doubt that they will think such projects through and do only what serves their national interests. I see no way for them to fall for such flights of fantasy.
     
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    To me, it appears to be the Chinese who want this project more than Pakistan.

    All the foreigners who cross the Pakistan-China border say there's so much construction work going on on the transport roots on the Pakistani side, yet there's almost silence from the Pakistani and the Chinese governments on this.
     
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    N.S had mentioned that they had discussed a major pelaan when the Chinese PM had a 1 on 1 meeting during the visit. And that he would disclose what the project would be in the parliament during is speech.
     
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    what da **** pagal kaheen ka... abhe project shuru huwa nahe pehlay dhindora peet diya hey ub Amereka aur baki kutay bilay pichay phar jayeengay aur rooknay kiliye inkay daddy jan Saudia ko involve karengay seriously... baywakoof hukmaraan say dushman hukmaraan behtar hey!
     
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    Please wake up to reality and try to understand the motivations behind everything. First of all, FYI, this is not Pakistan trying to sell this project to China. This is a request coming from China and China is the INITIATOR for this project. China wants to develop its Western most Province Xinjiang. China needs this shorter route which will save it 2 weeks of shipping time and additional cost of transportation to and from Middle East and Europe by using this Gwadar-Kashmor-Urumqi corridor. If you bother to look at a map, this will be obvious to you.

    China has been developing Gwadar from self interest and not because it was in a generous mood. After Gwadar is operational, they would not only control the access to Persian Gulf, but through this Railroad and Highway link, it will use this corridor to increase its imports and exports for Xinjiang Province, to/from Middle East / Europe.
     
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    No Sir. Only we are trying hard to sell this fantasy to the Chinese, who are just humoring us along. Please read your own post carefully. All the Chinese Premier has agreed to is a joint committee to conduct feasibility studies, which will evaluate the potential for success or failure. That is all. And that means that there is no conclusion on the Chinese side whether the project is even feasible or not.

     
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    @Stealth, China and Saudi Arabia are trying to get close to each other. I think Pakistan should be the bridge on that effort.
     
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    Chalo, we'll just have to wait and see. Five years is only 1,825 days. Counting down from today...
     
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    Please set that counter along with the one already running for the Iran-Pakistan pipeline.
     
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    Irani-Pakistani counter delete ho gya hai yaar.

    I had set counter till November 2014 but I don't think our Atomic Prime Minister is interested in that big project (fact, the project was given a go ahead by the PPP).
     
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    Agar woh delete ho gaya hey to yeh bhi dekh leyna delete ho jaye gaa.