25 Mar '11, 12pm

India, China's rivalry and a tale of two ports: SINGAPORE (Reuters) - India and China's quest for clout and reso...

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - India and China's quest for clout and resources extends across the globe, but perhaps the best manifestation of this fierce competition, and possible sign of who will ultimately win, lies in a tale of two ports. The port of Chabahar in the southwest corner of Iran, which India is hoping will win it access to Central Asia and Afghanistan, is barely 72km (44 mile) from Pakistan's deep-water Gwadar port which China has built to secure its energy supplies. The dueling ports on the doorstep of Gulf shipping lanes are another strand in the race between the Asian giants to project influence beyond their shores, and seek resources to feed their fast growing economies, that has seen them compete for contracts from Africa to Latin America to even Afghanistan. "These civilian ports are about China and India trying to advance their interests and diversify their t...

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