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Iran Opens New Naval Base in Persian Gulf Port

November 18, 2008

Iran’s official news agency says the country’s Revolutionary Guards have opened a new naval base on the Persian Gulf.

It is the fourth in a string of Revolutionary Guards bases along the waterway. The elite force was put in charge of defending Iran’s Gulf coast in September.

Tension over Iran’s nuclear program prompted the Guards’ commander to threaten in June to seal off a key oil route through the Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz in the event of an attack by Israel or the U.S. Forty percent of the world’s oil transits the passage.

Monday’s IRNA news agency report says the new base is in the port of Assalouyeh. It will control a 190-mile stretch of coastline west of the strait between Kish Island and the port of Dayyer.

–Associated Press


Pakistan’s Zardari Asks China for Aid

October 15, 2008

“A strong China means a strong Pakistan.”

By Shai Oster and Jason Leow in Beijing, and Matthew Rosenberg in New Delhi
The Wall Street Journal

Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari began a four-day state visit to China on Tuesday, seeking aid for his near-bankrupt nation from an increasingly powerful ally.

Chinese honour guards march past Beijing's Tiananmen Square ... 
Chinese honour guards march past Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during an official welcome ceremony for Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, outside the Great Hall of the People October 15, 2008. Zardari arrived on Tuesday for his first visit to China as president, and has said he wants his four-day trip “to remind the leadership of the world how close our relationship is”. Pakistan is set to usher in a series of agreements with China during the trip, highlighting Islamabad’s hopes that Beijing will help it through economic and diplomatic troubles.REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA)

“China is the future of the world,” Mr. Zardari, widower of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, told Chinese state news agency Xinhua on the eve of his trip. “A strong China means a strong Pakistan.”

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