China hands over 2 ships to Pakistan Navy for Gwadar security

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The Chinese officials, who reached Gwadar aboard the ships, handed the ships over to their Pakistani counterparts at a ceremony at Gwadar Port.

The ships - named after two rivers Hingol and Basol near Gwadar - were received by Commander of the Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini.

The Chinese government will provide two more ships namely Dasht and Zhob to Pakistan Navy. It is already working on them and they are expected to be completed soon.

It is vital all federating units to get equal opportunities for maximum financial benefits from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, as it will serve long-term economic interests of both the countries. The move would open up a new and cheaper cargo route for transporting oil to China as well as the export of Chinese goods to the Middle East and Africa.

China yesterday handed over two maritime patrol vessels to the Pakistan Navy for joint security along the sea route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Dawn reported.

The unprecedented increase in maritime activity and contemporary threats in maritime areas warrant further enhancement in a capability of Pakistan Navy and PMSA not only to counter threats against traditional challenges but also asymmetric threats particularly those being sponsored and perpetrated by Pakistan's traditional enemies, defence experts said.

China is extending help and cooperation to Pakistan for security along the CPEC's land and sea routes.

In the past, China has shied away from saying that it plans to deploy its naval ships in Gwadar, a move which could raise alarm in the United States and India. It is also building a network of roads and railways to link up its remote western region to Gwadar for easier access to the Arabian Sea.