India boycotts China's B&R meet, mounts diplomatic pressure against CPEC

Kashmir India Pakistan Kashmir India Pakistan Indo Pakistan relations China CPEC Nawaz Sharif Indian Express India news Kashmir news

Kashmir India Pakistan Kashmir India Pakistan Indo Pakistan relations China CPEC Nawaz Sharif Indian Express India news Kashmir news

It is the key artery of China's Belt and Road project, which connects Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar port in Pakistan's Balochistan.

Mr. Xi emerged as the new defender of globalisation, countering the resistance to open economic borders in the USA and parts of Europe, with a solid integrative plan, during his address to 29 world leaders and representatives from countries across the continents.

His comments followed recent clarification by China over India's objections to the China-Pakistan Economic (CPEC) Corridor which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

In delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his aides at Great Hall of China in Beijing on the sidelines of "Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation", President Xi Jinping expressed the resolve to further cement ties with Pakistan by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres.

The deep-water port and the CPEC is of significance to China as they together facilitate Beijing's access to the Arabian Sea and resultantly links it with Eurasia and Africa.

"China has formally invited India to join the B&R".

According to Chinese state media, Xi said the long-term planning of the corridor should be completed as soon as possible and cooperation programmes covering energy, transportation infrastructure and people's livelihoods should be promoted and carried out.

He suggested that both sides should increase interactions between governments, legislative bodies and political parties, besides continuing high-level exchanges.

He said the two countries should strengthen cooperation on areas including anti-terrorism and security, and enhance coordination on major worldwide and regional affairs.

"The building of the CPEC does not affect China's position on this issue", he said.

The prime minister, who is on his six-day tour, was speaking at the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which opened in Beijing.

"China would never force any country to participate in the B&R if it was too skeptical and nervous to do so".

"It is regrettable but not a problem that India still maintains its strong opposition to the B&R, even though China has repeatedly said its position on the Kashmir dispute would not change because of the CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Project)", the state run Global Times said in an article.

In his address to the United Services Institution in New Delhi on May 5, Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui had said China has taken care to India's stand that it should be resolved bilaterally in line with the Shimla Agreement.

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