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How a Remote Iranian Port Could Heighten China-India Tensions

  • India-funded developments have been slow at Chabahar Port
  • China has funded several other ports across the Indian Ocean
The port of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, southeastern Iran.

Photographer: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo

A remote Iranian port could be the next trigger for geopolitical tensions between rivals China and India.

India has pledged more than $500 million to develop the strategically located port of Chabahar -- roughly 1,800 kilometers (1,110 miles) from the capital Tehran -- since it first expressed interest in 2003. Yet repeated delays have prompted Iran to turn to China in the hope of speeding up construction.