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Gwadar, Chabahar not comparable: Manish Tewari

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The development of the Chabahar port in Iran is a commercial enterprise, whereas that of the Gwadar port in Pakistan by China is a strategic venture with long-term implications on the region, former Union Minister Manish Tewari has said.

The Gwadar Port in the Balochistan province is being built by China under a multi-billion economic corridor. The Chabahar port in Iran is being considered by India, Iran and Afghanistan as a gateway to major opportunities for trade with central Asian countries.

“One thing which needs to be very clearly understood is that Chabahar port is a commercial enterprise and Gwadar port is a strategic military enterprise. There is a distinction between as to why two projects have been conceived,” Mr. Tewari said at an event organised by the South Asia Centre of the Atlantic Council.

Similarly, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is not a connectivity project, the Congress leader said. It was a strategic project by which China seeks access to the Arabian Sea and surmount the Straits of Malacca.

As such there is no comparison between Gwadar and Chabahar.

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, Chief Adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said that after 100 years, Central Asian countries looked at Afghanistan as part of that entity.

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