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China to India: Shed reservations and join ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

"The initiative will not affect China's position on relevant issues and our position on relevant initiatives will not be changed," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2017 9:44 pm
cpec, one belt one road, china Pakistan economic corridor, india on cpec, kashmir conflict, xi jinping, one belt one road China and India have been on loggerheads over the project as it is being laid through the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Reuters/file)

China on Thursday asked India to shed its objections and join the ambitious ‘Belt and road initiative’. Beijing also reiterated that the project’s goal is to promote common prosperity and that it shall not change China’s stand on peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict.

“We welcome other countries including India to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on the basis of voluntarism,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media briefing in Beijing on Thursday. “The initiative will not affect China’s position on relevant issues and our position on relevant initiatives will not be changed,” he said. The BRI will bring tangible benefits to those who are participating in the project at an early date, Geng added. Read | China ready to address Indian concerns over BRI 

The BRI also includes the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. According to a senior CPC official, the Chinese firms have invested USD 560 billion overseas for the project that has been included in Constitution of the ruling Communist Party of China. A massive amount of investment has also been made by host of other countries including Pakistan.

China and India have been on loggerheads over the project as it is being laid through the Pakistan occupied Kashmir. While China calls it a connectivity project, India has raised its reservations about it traversing through the disputed territory. India had also boycotted a high-profile Belt and Road Forum organised by China in May. While the CPEC is highlighted as “flagship project”, the BRI includes the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor, New Eurasian Land Bridge, China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor, China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor and 21st century Maritime Silk Road.

Referring to India’s reservations, Yao Wen, Counsellor of the Department of Asian Affairs under China’s MFA had earlier said, “India has expressed its concerns on CPEC because they believe CPEC passes through territory they believe is their own. One important project is the Karakoram Road. This is the only land passage between China and Pakistan. It was completed in the 1970s and we are upgrading this road for more convenient transport. We keep telling our friends in India that the BRI and CPEC are not about territorial claims and will not affect China’s position on the Kashmir issue.”

(with PTI inputs)

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    nadir
    Oct 27, 2017 at 3:31 am
    there was something wrong with doklam story as china has started patronising india after the withdrawal of remaining indian soldiers. something seriously wrong somewhere. was it a complete fiasco?
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      Bharat
      Oct 27, 2017 at 2:39 am
      "We keep telling our friends in India..." You are not our friends and never have been. Our worst enemies, in fact.
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        Bharat
        Oct 27, 2017 at 2:35 am
        "Referring to India’s reservations, Yao Wen, Counsellor of the Department of Asian Affairs under China’s MFA had earlier said, “India has expressed its concerns on uCPEC because they believe CPEC passes through territory they believe is their own. One important project is the Karakoram Road. This is the only land passage between China and Pakistan. It was completed in the 1970s and we are upgrading this road for more convenient transport. We keep telling our friends in India that the BRI and CPEC are not about territorial claims and will not affect China’s position on the Kashmir issue.” That son of a gun Nehru gifted that land border to China and Pakistan. Thank you, you old feckker.
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          Bharat
          Oct 27, 2017 at 2:30 am
          Japan and the USA and Australia keep trying hard to jolt India into taking action together with them to counter and contain Chinese imperialism on the rampage. But so far all we are seeing are vague gestures of assent from the Indian side, not vigorous proactive policies. India has an incredible potential for rising into a serious world power now. China can really be confronted and contained. India has enthusiastic allies finally. But it will all die out if India itself remains apathetic. The USa and Japan and Australia will finally realise India is incapable of fighting back against China, and come to terms with Beijing. Buk up, India ! It is now or NEVER. Seize the day ! Seize the hour !
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            Hanuman
            Oct 27, 2017 at 3:55 am
            Do you really want that indian soldier´s blood flows for US war against China. Weakens India and China, makes US laugh. India and China should do business for the profit of both. China is desperate to get Indi on board of the huge infrastructure projects. Deal a bordersettlement and join. India could profit as much as China, but China would pay all. Never believe that US wants to help India, they want to suck your blood.
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            SK Gupta
            Oct 27, 2017 at 2:02 am
            India can take various guarantees from China to sa uard it's interests and join the project if it can help us economically. We must not look at the West to build our relationship with others. We must guardedly increase cooperation with China. Can also ask them to declare Hafiz Saeed a terrorist first.
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              SK Gupta
              Oct 27, 2017 at 2:02 am
              Sa uard it's interests
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                Hanuman
                Oct 27, 2017 at 3:59 am
                I am from Europe. 100 agree with you, brother. We (the west) don´t come to help you, we come to use you without mercy.
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