Pakistan’s latest announcement about Saudi Arabia’s investment in an oil refinery at the port city of Gwadar has set alarm bells ringing in the international arena. A Zerohedge article claims that Pakistan’s move comes from a “desperate” need for funding to ward off a financial crisis stoked by growing debt to China.
The column, written by James Dorsey on Mid East Soccer blog, claims that Saudi’s oil refinery in Gwadar Port could threaten Iran’s India-backed Chabahar Port, making China (and Pakistan) a part of an “all but open war” between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis may invest up to $10 billion dollars in the region. The deal could additionally involve deferred payments on Saudi oil supplies which will firstly, create a strategic oil reserve close to Iran, and secondly, help cash-strapped Pakistan in payments. Read More
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