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China builds military facility in Pakistani Gwadar: satellite images shown

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China has stepped up the construction of its long-awaited naval base in the Pakistani port of Gwadar. This strategic objective should play a very important role in ensuring Beijing's geopolitical ambitions in South Asia. At the same time, China itself constantly says that there will be no military base in Gwadar, and there will be a highly developed infrastructure in the framework of the project "One belt - one way."


The main goals of building a base in Gwadar


Relations between China and Pakistan began to take shape in a special way in the second half of the twentieth century. Pakistan became a natural military-political ally of the Celestial Empire in the confrontation with India. It is interesting that although Pakistan was formed precisely as a Muslim state and Islamic fundamentalists have always played an important role in its political life, for the sake of cooperation with China, Pakistani leaders have always turned a blind eye to the Uyghur problem, unlike Turkey or Saudi Arabia. That is, China is very important for Pakistan as a strategic partner, an arms supplier and a possible ally in the event of an armed conflict with India.

Why is China a base in Gwadar? To begin with, the port of Gwadar has a very interesting location. It is located in the southwestern part of the Pakistani province of Balochistan and overlooks the Gulf of Oman, which connects to the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. Until 1958, Gwadar belonged to the Sultanate of Muscat (now Oman), and only then was purchased by Pakistan.

As it turned out, the Pakistani leadership made the right choice: today Gwadar is one of the three largest ports in the country. It is through it that China is going to establish oil transit from the Persian Gulf. Once the communications corridor has been debugged, the Chinese will no longer need to transport oil and other goods across the seas of South Asia.


However, to ensure economic interests in Pakistan, China needed not just to equip a modern port in Gwadar, but also to build a naval base that could protect this port. Together with the naval base in East African Djibouti, which recently appeared and became the first official Chinese military facility abroad, the base in Gwadar will become a component of providing a Chinese military presence in the Indian Ocean and will also be involved in ensuring the security of China's Afro-Asian communications.

What is the base and from whom are you going to protect the Gwadar port


The construction of the facility in Guadar began several years ago. As recent satellite images show, several complexes have already been built on the territory of the future base. Interestingly, Beijing has never officially recognized that it is building a base in Gwadar. All work is carried out on behalf of China Communications Construction Company (UDP Ltd). However, a few years ago, Chinese military analyst Zhou Chenmin reported that a base in Gwadar would be needed for China to support its Indian Navy.

China builds military facility in Pakistani Gwadar: satellite images shown

The pictures show that the base is equipped with anti-transport facilities, surrounded by a high wall, security towers for sentries are placed around the perimeter. Also visible are rooms that can be used in the future as barracks for Chinese marines.

However, it is possible that Beijing will not deploy PLA naval marines in Gwadar, but will limit itself to sending fighters to Chinese private military companies to the Pakistani port, which now carry out various tasks to ensure the security of Chinese facilities in East and West Africa and Afghanistan and Middle East countries.


The increased attention to the security of the future military base from China is due to the very difficult geographical location of the port. As noted above, Gwadar is located in Pakistan's Balochistan, and this province has been the scene of subversive activities of armed groups advocating for the creation of an independent Balochian state for more than a decade.

Mostly Balochi militants are active in neighboring Iranian Balochistan, where their subversive activities are generously sponsored by Iran’s eternal enemies - the Persian Gulf oil monarchies. In Pakistan, the Baluchis, especially with the filing of the US CIA, may well “poison” Chinese objects. Moreover, on November 23, 2018, Balochi militants attacked the Chinese consulate in Pakistani Karachi, and on May 11, 2019, the Chinese five-star Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in Guadar.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 3 June 2020 13: 27 New
    +4
    Together with the naval base in East African Djibouti, which appeared recently and became the first official Chinese military facility abroad, the base in Gwadar
    This is all part of the "pearl necklace" strategy that China has been pursuing with great success lately ...
    1. Civil
      Civil 3 June 2020 14: 19 New
      -2
      China pulls a stranglehold on India
      1. svp67
        svp67 3 June 2020 15: 17 New
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        Quote: Civil
        China pulls a stranglehold on India

        It’s not even India, but the protection of its hydrocarbon supply communications.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 3 June 2020 13: 28 New
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    Clearly, China is moving forward. moving fast.
    The main thing is for a long time.
  3. Doccor18
    Doccor18 3 June 2020 13: 29 New
    +2
    In Gwadar, the Chinese have long settled. A large marine hub is being built. And it would be strange for the Chinese Navy not to use this facility in their interests.
  4. Break through
    Break through 3 June 2020 14: 03 New
    -2
    Nothing new. They have been there for a long time.
  5. antivirus
    antivirus 3 June 2020 14: 32 New
    -1
    Once the communications corridor has been debugged, the Chinese will no longer need to transport oil and other goods across the seas of South Asia.

    -original saving money before shipping through Malacca
    1. knn54
      knn54 3 June 2020 15: 46 New
      0
      As an alternative (just in case) to the Molluk Strait, which is actually controlled by the Yankees.
      Yes, and Iran is nearby.
  6. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 3 June 2020 14: 52 New
    -1
    the enemy of Pakistan is India ... and the enemy of my enemy is my friend ...
  7. Ded_Mazay
    Ded_Mazay 3 June 2020 15: 06 New
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    China is slowly but surely building ways to bypass the straits controlled by the American fleet. I wonder what will come of it.
  8. Samara
    Samara 3 June 2020 15: 46 New
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    China of course well done! But their tactics are losing .. They are trying to single-handedly carry out expansion, but it is very fraught. They will not pull alone, not the same level (despite the largest army and economy in the world)
    If it weren’t for Russia, they would have been soaked economically and morally long ago ..
    (attempts are already underway)
    1. gsev
      gsev 3 June 2020 16: 18 New
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      Quote: Samara
      They won’t pull alone, not that level

      1500 million against 700 million in the US and Europe can pull. If nothing changes, the average Chinese will be richer than the average European in thirty years.
      1. Pandiurin
        Pandiurin 3 June 2020 19: 08 New
        0
        "... the average Chinese will be richer than the average European in thirty years ..."
        Richer will not be the resources of the planet is not enough for the rich Chinese.
        But the average European can be a beggar in comparison with the Chinese.
  9. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 3 June 2020 17: 03 New
    +2
    China "for free" deepened the port water area and built a new modern civilian port for Pakistan. And for myself, of course. For the transfer of their goods to the Middle East.
    As payment - this military base.
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 3 June 2020 17: 39 New
      0
      China "for free" deepened the water area of ​​the port ...

      China never does anything for free. Never. "Cheap" loans for 20-30 years, with a deferred interest rate ... but time flies and ... at the expense of interest, the port becomes ... Chinese. Agility and no cheating. They have already bent all of Africa "for free".
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 3 June 2020 21: 07 New
        +3
        But they are building. Grandiose projects that local people don’t pull at all.
        And even large European or American firms are building five times
        slower. In Africa, the Chinese built trans-African railways
        roads, ports. The most complicated deposits have been developed.
        They buy governments at the root, are not concerned about human rights,
        they don’t promote any ideology, they don’t climb into religion.
        But among Africans, anti-Chinese racism is already ripening. Someday climb
        rob. And then their UDC and aircraft carriers will be useful to the Chinese.
        1. Liam
          Liam 3 June 2020 21: 15 New
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          Quote: voyaka uh
          Grandiose projects that local people don’t pull at all.
          And even large European or American firms are building five times
          slower

          There are three factors in any economic activity: speed, quality and reasonable price. Only a maximum of 2 of these three factors can be combined in any project.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 3 June 2020 21: 47 New
            +3
            There were numerous examples of combining all three factors.
            Technical impulses. Like the legendary Fort T Henry Ford.
            Or Liberty ships. Which the Americans launched in a month.
            They were planned as disposable, but successfully traveled the oceans for 30 years.
            ----
            China today in terms of pace and scope at the same technical boom as it was
            America at the beginning of the 20th century. It's a shame to hear this for Europe and the USA, but
            the story is not sentimental.
            And the only way out is to remain competitive. I.e
            learn from the Chinese. Learn to build, learn logistics, learn design.
            1. Liam
              Liam 3 June 2020 22: 48 New
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              Miracles do not happen.
              The famous “automotive critic”, the 2004 Pulitzer Prize laureate, Dan Neil (Eng.) Russian, making a list of “50 Worst Cars of All Time,” also introduced the T model “Ford” - under No. 2, calling it “cheap junk "and" "South" of his time "[10]. “The car was simply unkillable. Moreover, not a word is said about the complete lack of comfort, poor design and inconvenient control system, ”says another source for the same reason.
              Quote: voyaka uh
              I.e
              learn from the Chinese. Learn to build, study logistics, learn design

              While they are studying. They are copying with varying success from everyone from the West and even from Russia)
              1. voyaka uh
                voyaka uh 4 June 2020 00: 42 New
                +2
                "So far they are learning. They are copying with varying success from everyone in the West.
                and even Russia) "////
                ----
                What a consciousness of superiority! laughing
                More than a hundred years ago, Europe also spoke contemptuously
                about the United States. Until it turned out to be completely dependent on them.
                Smart people don’t laugh at those who do something faster and larger,
                than they, and try to copy and learn new methods.
                Otherwise, they will quickly find themselves in apprenticeships.
        2. Doccor18
          Doccor18 3 June 2020 21: 22 New
          +1
          But they are building. Grandiose projects that local people don’t pull at all.

          In fact, for myself.
          The most complicated deposits have been developed.

          By their geologists, on their technical solutions, by their workers, with the export to the metropolis of all resources. And for local only interest remains on loans.
          And they, unlike the Russian Federation, will not forgive anyone.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 3 June 2020 21: 48 New
            +1
            "By their geologists, by their technical solutions, by their workers
            with the export of all resources to the metropolis. "///
            ----
            Absolutely.
  10. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 3 June 2020 17: 38 New
    0
    Yeah The noble movement is planned ...
  11. Cartalon
    Cartalon 4 June 2020 08: 01 New
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    Sooner or later, Islamists will seize power in Pakistan and extort the Chinese.
  12. fa2998
    fa2998 4 June 2020 20: 32 New
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    Quote: antivirus
    the Chinese will no longer need to carry oil and other goods across the seas of South Asia.

    90% of Chinese people and production are not at all where the pipe goes. Sea transport is the cheapest, and transit through all of China. Do not forget Pakistan is not a calm country. Baluchi, tribal areas, and Tibet (supposedly Chinese). hi
  13. Pavel57
    Pavel57 5 June 2020 09: 56 New
    0
    Balugia smelled of oil in the air.