Notwithstanding the writer's attempt to downplay the importance of the Gwadar port and the Chinese 'string of Pearls' strategy, while indeed Gwadar is taking time to be fully operational, its strategic value militarily and economically cannot be undervalued. The Chinese are Masters at Deception and are also good at playing their cards slowly and deliberately. The fact that they are hard at it to develop a road, rail and a oil and gas pipeline from Xinjaing into Pakistan through POK, itself is an indicator that they are serious about the military and economic value of Gwadar. It is true that the US will not allow China to drop anchor in Gwadar so easily. That is possibly why the US is cock-a-hoop with Bangladesh and going whole hog with naval exercises and Obama stating that he wants to visit Bangladesh. In short, the US wants to get a toehold into Bangladesh before the Chinese influences Bangaldesh into their camp. That the Bangladesh Govt has not accepted the Chinese feasibility study on development of a deep sea port (which would have assisted Bangladesh by having a container base) makes one wonder if there is more to it than what meets the eye. The fact that the US is once again pressuring Pakistan over the involvement of their holy cow, the ISI, in nefarious activities in Afghanistan and elsewhere is an indicator that things are hotting up. That indicator is evident, given that the glamorous Foreign Minister of Pakistan was rather vocal in pique over Adm Mike Mullen's statement, when in other times, they have merely made some pathetic bleats when the US went ballistic in its way into Pakistan's affairs. One must watch the space. Baluchistan maybe next on the cards for a slight US nudge! Given Pakistan's neglect and the US' single minded zeal to pursue its national policies to include doling out largesse without money pinching, anything can happen!