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Decline of SL government for chinese vessels leads to move pakistan

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Updated: 08:32 GMT, Apr 16, 2015 | Published: 08:29 GMT, Apr 16, 2015 |
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Pakistan’s Gwadar port which has been taken over by a Chinese firm could guarantee maintenance and supply for China’s naval ships in the Indian Ocean after the new Sri Lankan government declined permission for Chinese vessels to dock in the country. “The Gwadar port will also guarantee China’s naval ships’ maintenance and supply in the Indian Ocean. The move is widely seen as crucial for China, especially as it is unlikely that Sri Lanka will open its ports to Chinese naval ships,” Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia Studies at Shanghai Institute for International Studies told state-run Global Times. The new Sri Lankan government headed by President Maithripala Srisena reversed his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s policy of allowing Chinese submarines to dock in Colombo, following India’s concerns.

Zhao said the port will serve as a major route to the Indian Ocean for Chinese goods, which will have far-reaching significance for China’s Xinjiang region’s economic development. Xinjiang is planned to be connected through an economic corridor with Gwadar through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Chinese experts however warned of inherent risks about the project in view of militancy in the Balochistan region.