Pakistan, China strongly reject US doubts on CPEC

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  • FO spokesperson says CPEC a development, connectivity project for region, beyond
  • Chinese officials say CPEC has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes

ISLAMABAD/BEIJING: Pakistan and China have rejected objections raised by the US over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is backed by the United Nations.

In a statement issued in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was a development and connectivity project for the betterment of the people in the region and beyond. He asked the international community to focus on human rights violations and heinous crimes committed by Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmir.

He said that efforts need to be made to implement the historic UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu Kashmir, that call for a UN-supervised plebiscite to enable Kashmiri people to exercise their basic right – the right to self-determination.

“We have repeatedly reiterated that CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative that is not directed against third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes and does not affect China’s principled stance on the Kashmir issue,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued in Beijing.

Over 70 countries and international organisations which had signed cooperation agreements with China on OBOR, including the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council, have incorporated it in their important resolutions, the ministry said.

Over 130 countries and more than 70 international organisations sent representatives to attend the international cooperation summit – Belt Road Forum, organised by China in May and spoke highly of the initiative. “This fully explains that the OBOR initiative is in line with the trend of the times and conforms to the rules of development and is in line with the interests of the people and has broad and bright prospect for development,” it said.

“The One Belt One Road also goes through ‘disputed’ territory, and I think that in itself shows the ‘vulnerability’ of trying to establish that sort of a dictate,” US Defence Secretary James Mattis said while briefing the US lawmakers on the current situation in the Pak-Afghan region earlier this week.

Earlier, this claim had been made by India with the view to thwart the multi-billion dollar project that will link Gwadar to China’s Xinjiang via a vast network of highways and railways. “We opposed the One Belt One Road policy in principle because no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating One Belt One Road,” Mattis said.

“And it opposed the one going through Pakistan also because it passed through a ‘disputed’ territory,” he said, adding that common grounds should be found with China to thwart terrorism. The US stance on CPEC could further strain relations between Pakistan and the US, especially after US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing ‘safe harbour’ to militants in his August speech.

 

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  1. You really think the world takes you seriously? The two faced army that harbors terrorist for their own gains against the neighbors will have any listeners other than the ‘yellow-ass’Chinese that are using you?

    • and u think the world takes ur foolish ass head president seriously…….. Americans are the biggest terrorist nation this world ever have… what the hell u dumb head ppl stay in ur continent and let the world live peacefully…… world with no American will b paradise…. all the terrorist organization in this world is either created and financed by cia … they even have no mercy on there people too as proved by 9-11 just to enter middle east to quench there thirst for oil, they killed there own ppl by creating 9-11….. stupid ame-erican nation still believe in there ass hole president…. the mad dog that will bite everywhere

  2. Yes. CPEC passes through Gilgit-Baltista, which is a disputed territory. But so what?
    Aren’t USA approving world bank and ADB funding in the Indian held Jammu and Kashmir, as well as in Arunachal pardesh, which are also disputed territories.
    Aren’t there a clause in the world Bank regulation, about how to regulate funding in the disputed territories?
    Why this double standard?

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