China's position on Kashmir 'unaffected' by CPEC

Evrard Martin
Mai 17, 2017

Sharif is leading a high level delegation along with four provincial chief ministers, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Railways Minister Saad Rafique, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir and IT Minister Anushay Rehman, among others to attend the global forum to highlight the Chinese initiative of "One Belt One Road".

Reacting to India's non-participation in One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, China on Wednesday said the project is for the common development and prosperity of the region, adding further that the China pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) does not affect beijing's position on the Kashmir issue which the New Delhi is concerned about. "It must not be politicised", Sharif said in his speech at the inaugural session of the forum, defending the project over which India has raised objections.

The minister also informed that many other MoUs are being signed in the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum on various sectors including Defense. "It's not exclusive", he said.

President Xi also said that the two countries should strengthen and enhance cooperation on major global and regional issues.

The grand project aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa through a network of roads, sea links and railway lines.

Countries like India and the United States are sceptical of the project and view it as a geostrategic design.

While addressing a rally in Peshawar, Zardari said that when he was in power, Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan and India were good and there was peace.

India is dead against the CPEC.

Pakistan and China on Saturday signed several Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and agreements related to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. In his keynote address, President Xi highlighted that China "will enhance friendship and cooperation with all countries in the world on the Belt and Road Initiative on the basis of the five principles of peaceful coexistence". "No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity", he said.

- Monitoring ahead of a closed-door emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after N. Korea's latest missile launch, with the USA pushing for tougher condemnation after Pyongyang claimed the "new missile" could carry nuclear warhead.

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