What's new

India’s grip on strategic port, Chabahar, loosens as Iran turns to China

ashok321

ELITE MEMBER
Nov 1, 2010
17,950
4
10,074
Country
Canada
Location
Malaysia
India’s grip on strategic port, Chabahar, loosens as Iran turns to China

Although India has pledged $500 million to develop Chabahar port , repeated delays have prompted Iran to turn to China in the hope of speeding up construction



New Delhi/Karachi: A remote Iranian port could be the next trigger for geopolitical tensions between rivals China and India.

India has pledged more than $500 million to develop the strategically located port of Chabahar— roughly 1,800 kilometers (1,110 miles) from the capital Tehran—since it first expressed interest in 2003. Yet repeated delays have prompted Iran to turn to China in the hope of speeding up construction.

On a March trip to Islamabad, Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif said he’d welcome Chinese and Pakistani investment in Chabahar, according to Dawn newspaper. He cited China’s development of Gwadar, a port down the coast that is a showcase of President Xi Jinping’s Belt-and-Road infrastructure initiative.


The shift makes sense for Iran, which wants to ensure Chabahar is an economic success. But it could be a strategic loss for India, which opposes China’s expansion in the Indian Ocean and is already worried that Gwadar could one day be used as a military base—along with other China-backed ports from Myanmar to Bangladesh to Sri Lanka.

Any formal investment from Beijing would further weaken the strategic advantage for New Delhi to invest in Chabahar, which is close to Pakistan’s western border. The Gwadar port is part of Xi’s plan to finance $50 billion in infrastructure investments in Pakistan, and Chinese merchants already have a strong foothold in Chabahar.

China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

“Delhi would likely take the view that any Chinese presence at Chabahar, even if not involved in the operation of the port, could be used as a way of undermining India’s influence with local authorities,” said David Brewster, a senior research fellow with the Australian National University’s National Security College. “It could also be potentially used to facilitate surveillance of India’s activities.”

Iran invite

While it’s unclear whether China will take up Iran’s offer, the involvement of a cash-rich and expansionist Beijing would almost certainly speed up development of the port.

China has overland train connections linking China to Iran and “huge” investments in the country, said Manoj Joshi, a distinguished fellow at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation think-tank. “China is much deeper there than India.”

Iran’s invitation to invest was welcomed in Pakistan. “It’s a positive statement that came for the first time from their side,” Dostain Khan Jamaldini, chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority, said by phone. The two countries are already discussing a new ferry service that would link ports in Gwadar and Karachi with the Iranian ports of Chabahar and Bandar Abbas, Jamaldini said.

Cooperation between the two ports could be awkward. India and Pakistan are historic foes that have fought several wars, while India and China—which recently faced off in the Himalayas—are battling for geopolitical influence in South Asia.



Still, for Iran the port’s development is important. It will be a vital trading hub in the Gulf of Oman, said Ebrahim Jamili, head of the Iran-India Chamber of Commerce in Tehran.

“The priority is with the Indians—they’ve been involved and came forward first,” Jamili said. “But if another investor comes along and is interested in Chabahar, there is certainly enough space and opportunity for them and for their investment.”

While there’s been talks on Chinese and Pakistani involvement, Jamili said Pakistan is not a serious contender in terms of investment.

India first agreed to help Iran expand Chabahar port in 2003, constructing two terminals—a multipurpose cargo terminal and a container terminal. Progress slowed particularly as Western nations imposed sanctions on Iran, which were lifted in 2015. Delays have persisted since then, including a two-year dispute over whether India would pay $30 million of excise duties on port equipment imported into Iran.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Monday construction was going well and both sides were meeting regularly. He was unable to give a completion date.

“Significant progress” has been made at Chabahar, Kumar said, noting it was Iran’s “prerogative” to choose its partners.

Cooperation with China would help Iran to relieve its financial situation and promote infrastructure development, said Yang Guang, a researcher on international relations with state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

“China and Iran, as increasingly important economic forces on the international stage, have great potential for cooperation,” Yang said. Bloomberg
 

mohammad45

SENIOR MEMBER
Oct 2, 2015
6,016
0
8,697
Country
Iran, Islamic Republic Of
Location
Iran, Islamic Republic Of
India’s grip on strategic port, Chabahar, loosens as Iran turns to China






New Delhi/Karachi: A remote Iranian port could be the next trigger for geopolitical tensions between rivals China and India.

India has pledged more than $500 million to develop the strategically located port of Chabahar— roughly 1,800 kilometers (1,110 miles) from the capital Tehran—since it first expressed interest in 2003. Yet repeated delays have prompted Iran to turn to China in the hope of speeding up construction.

On a March trip to Islamabad, Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif said he’d welcome Chinese and Pakistani investment in Chabahar, according to Dawn newspaper. He cited China’s development of Gwadar, a port down the coast that is a showcase of President Xi Jinping’s Belt-and-Road infrastructure initiative.


The shift makes sense for Iran, which wants to ensure Chabahar is an economic success. But it could be a strategic loss for India, which opposes China’s expansion in the Indian Ocean and is already worried that Gwadar could one day be used as a military base—along with other China-backed ports from Myanmar to Bangladesh to Sri Lanka.

Any formal investment from Beijing would further weaken the strategic advantage for New Delhi to invest in Chabahar, which is close to Pakistan’s western border. The Gwadar port is part of Xi’s plan to finance $50 billion in infrastructure investments in Pakistan, and Chinese merchants already have a strong foothold in Chabahar.

China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

“Delhi would likely take the view that any Chinese presence at Chabahar, even if not involved in the operation of the port, could be used as a way of undermining India’s influence with local authorities,” said David Brewster, a senior research fellow with the Australian National University’s National Security College. “It could also be potentially used to facilitate surveillance of India’s activities.”

Iran invite

While it’s unclear whether China will take up Iran’s offer, the involvement of a cash-rich and expansionist Beijing would almost certainly speed up development of the port.

China has overland train connections linking China to Iran and “huge” investments in the country, said Manoj Joshi, a distinguished fellow at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation think-tank. “China is much deeper there than India.”

Iran’s invitation to invest was welcomed in Pakistan. “It’s a positive statement that came for the first time from their side,” Dostain Khan Jamaldini, chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority, said by phone. The two countries are already discussing a new ferry service that would link ports in Gwadar and Karachi with the Iranian ports of Chabahar and Bandar Abbas, Jamaldini said.

Cooperation between the two ports could be awkward. India and Pakistan are historic foes that have fought several wars, while India and China—which recently faced off in the Himalayas—are battling for geopolitical influence in South Asia.



Still, for Iran the port’s development is important. It will be a vital trading hub in the Gulf of Oman, said Ebrahim Jamili, head of the Iran-India Chamber of Commerce in Tehran.

“The priority is with the Indians—they’ve been involved and came forward first,” Jamili said. “But if another investor comes along and is interested in Chabahar, there is certainly enough space and opportunity for them and for their investment.”

While there’s been talks on Chinese and Pakistani involvement, Jamili said Pakistan is not a serious contender in terms of investment.

India first agreed to help Iran expand Chabahar port in 2003, constructing two terminals—a multipurpose cargo terminal and a container terminal. Progress slowed particularly as Western nations imposed sanctions on Iran, which were lifted in 2015. Delays have persisted since then, including a two-year dispute over whether India would pay $30 million of excise duties on port equipment imported into Iran.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Monday construction was going well and both sides were meeting regularly. He was unable to give a completion date.

“Significant progress” has been made at Chabahar, Kumar said, noting it was Iran’s “prerogative” to choose its partners.

Cooperation with China would help Iran to relieve its financial situation and promote infrastructure development, said Yang Guang, a researcher on international relations with state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

“China and Iran, as increasingly important economic forces on the international stage, have great potential for cooperation,” Yang said. Bloomberg
First mistake in your assessment dude
Iran doesn't turn to no one, if a country wants to participate in a beneficial project be it inida or China we will appreciate.
Second mistake
You think that everyone has your mindset of turning to country x ad then to country y to piss off country of z. If it's possible we would invite pakistan to Chabahar port to end this ludicrous media made stand off which never existed In Iranian doctrine.
 

ashok321

ELITE MEMBER
Nov 1, 2010
17,950
4
10,074
Country
Canada
Location
Malaysia
Delays have persisted since then, including a two-year dispute over whether India would pay $30 million of excise duties on port equipment imported into Iran.
The same India charged customs duty on a Talgo train set that came for a trial run to India from Spain.
What about that Modi?

Now Iran charges 30 million and you fume?
 

Max

ELITE MEMBER
Nov 3, 2014
8,339
-3
11,473
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
Why Pakistan will invest in Iranian port..when we are developing our own infrastructure? Iran have more funds then poor Pakistan.

China can develop the port and infrastructure for Iran. Iran should look for chinese investment and should not sit idle waiting for "Tejas" kind to do work for you. i never heard they ever completed any mega project on time. they will keep playing with you.
 

kinsr

FULL MEMBER
Jan 26, 2009
511
3
461
Country
India
Location
India
The whole Chabahar port was envisaged as a part of India Pakistan Iran land route, which would have further connected to CAR states. Even a railway line was proposed connecting Gwadar to Chabahar. Iran even laid down Broad Gauge railway line from Chabahar to Pakistan border, and Pakistan would have to extend that railway line from Iranian border to Indian border. This along with IPI. But it all failed.

Iranians do want Chabahar to be successful and hence the invite to Pakistan.
 

kinsr

FULL MEMBER
Jan 26, 2009
511
3
461
Country
India
Location
India
Why Pakistan will invest in Iranian port..when we are developing our own infrastructure? Iran have more funds then poor Pakistan.

China can develop the port and infrastructure for Iran. Iran should look for chinese investment and should not sit idle waiting for "Tejas" kind to do work for you. i never heard they ever completed any mega project on time. they will keep playing with you.
But then will Iranians allow Chinese Naval ships to dock in Gwadar?
 

Max

ELITE MEMBER
Nov 3, 2014
8,339
-3
11,473
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
But then will Iranians allow Chinese Naval ships to dock in Gwadar?
Gawadar is not a military port/base, its only for trade. anyways Iran and China have good friendly relations. China is largest trading partner of Iran. i am sure they wouldn't mind Chinese ships docking on Pakistani ports.
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Total: 1, Members: 0, Guests: 1)

Top