Ready to talk to India to resolve differences over CPEC: China
China said on Monday it is ready to discuss India’s concerns on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which New Delhi has opposed because it passes through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The CPEC is a flagship venture of China’s multi-billion dollar connectivity project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
China’s statement came in response to Indian ambassador Gautam Bambawale’s remarks during an interview with Global Times, a state-run English tabloid, that the CPEC is a major problem that must not be pushed under the carpet.
“Regarding the CPEC, China has reiterated its position. As to the differences between China and India, China stands ready to communicate and talk with India to seek a proper solution so that these differences don’t affect our general national interests,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular news briefing.
“This best serves the interests of the two countries,” she said.
Hua reiterated that the multi-billion dollar CPEC is “merely an economic cooperation” project and not aimed at India.
The CPEC will connect Kashgar in northwestern China with Gwadar port in southwestern Pakistan through a network of roads, railway lines, oil and gas pipelines and a fibre-optic cable. Chinese firms are also building a wide array of projects, including power plants and manufacturing units, along the route of the corridor.