China Review News (CRN) recently reported that a Chinese company now operates the Pakistani port named Gwadar. Gwadar Port is a warm-water, deep-sea port located on the Arabian Sea, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, approximately 290 miles west of Karachi. The Port is situated near the strategic Strait of Hormuz and its busy trading and oil shipping lanes. This Chinese operating power has significant value for constructing oil pipelines from the Middle East to Western China. The Port also offers China a land-based path to the Indian Ocean. However, although the Gwadar Port appears to be a good opportunity for the Chinese Navy to establish a military base, the infrastructure has significant limitations. Vessel and weapon repair facilities, as well as ammunition storage and medical supplies, are not available. In addition, a strong Chinese presence at the Gwadar Port arouses concern in both India and the United States.
Source: China Review News, February 3, 2013