FILE - In this Friday, March 21, 2002 file photo, Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, left, with Chinese Vice Premier Wu Bangguo, center, leaves the port under tight security after a ground breaking ceremony of Gwadar Port Project, 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Karachi, Pakistan. - Photo by AP
FILE – In this Friday, March 21, 2002 file photo, former Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, left, with Chinese Vice Premier Wu Bangguo, center, leaves the port under tight security after a ground breaking ceremony of Gwadar Port Project, 700 kilometers from Karachi, Pakistan. – Photo by AP

BANGALORE: India’s defence minister said Wednesday that New Delhi was concerned by Pakistan’s decision last month to transfer management of the strategically located deep-sea Gwadar port to China.

“In one sentence, it is a matter of concern for us,” A.K. Antony told reporters in Bangalore where he inaugurated the Indian air show. “My answer is very straightforward and simple.”

On January 30, Pakistan approved a deal transferring management of Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea from a Singapore company to China, which provided most of the funding to build the facility in the province of Balochistan.

When complete, Gwadar is expected to open up an energy and trade corridor from the Gulf, across Pakistan to western China.

China has been extending its influence with traditional allies of New Delhi around the Indian Ocean as well as in neighbouring Pakistan, where it is the country’s main arms supplier.

Beijing also funded a port in Sri Lanka and has been approached to help build a similar facility in Bangladesh.

A high-level Chinese delegation from Beijing is attending the Aero India show for the first time in a sign of improving relations between Asia’s two biggest countries, which renewed their military cooperation last September.

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