That @MarkeyDaniel dedicates the preface of his book to Gwadar is quite telling and commensurate with China's priorities in the region.
Interesting point re impediments for China: domestic politics within states of Eurasia.
"“Where does China stand on this issue?”
will become second nature to American diplomats in the region."

Indeed.
From Deng's KLP to Xi's SFA.

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