Chabahar and Gwadar Agreements and Rivalry among Competitors in Baluchistan Region

01 Dec 2016

Chabahar and Gwadar Agreements and Rivalry among Competitors in Baluchistan Region

By Mohammed Hassan Husseinbor

JOURNAL FOR IRANIAN STUDIES

Year 1, issue 1- Dec. 2016

Introduction

The Chabahar Agreement signed between the Indian Prime Minister Modi and Iranian President Rouhani in May of this year will enable India to develop the Chabahar Port in Iranian Baluchistan as a major economic and strategic corridor linking India to Afghanistan andCentral Asian markets. The Agreement is seen as India’s strategic response to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under which China will invest about $47 billion to link Western China via overland roads, pipelines, and railways to Gwadar Port in Eastern Baluchistan. The Indo-Chinese rivalry underscores the geopolitical significance of Baluchistan as a focal point in the New Great Game played by the US, China, and India in Asia. This paper addresses the domestic, regional, and international implications of the two emerging strategic seaports and their impact on the Arabian Gulf and the Baluch movement in Iran.

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