China would like to involve other countries in CPEC after consulting Pakistan: Beijing

Published: December 24, 2016

China on Friday said third parties will be included in the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project through consensus after consultation with Pakistan.

“China would like to discuss the possibility of introducing a third party on the basis of consensus with the Pakistani side through consultation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a daily press briefing.

The spokesperson said, “The CPEC, as an important component of China’s Belt and Road initiative, is an open initiative.”

China ‘striving for new world order’

Responding to a question whether China welcomes India joining CPEC, Chunying said, “I wonder whether the Indian side takes this offer made by the Pakistani general as a goodwill gesture.”

“For us, we regard the CPEC as a framework for cooperation built by the two sides with a focus on the long-term development of bilateral cooperation in various fields. We hope that the CPEC will not only promote the economic and social development of China and Pakistan, but also contribute to regional connectivity, peace, stability and prosperity,” she said.

Earlier this week, Lt Gen Aamir Riaz, commander, Southern Command, invited to India to join the multi-billion dollar project.

Lt Gen Aamir invites India to join CPEC

Amid escalating tension between the two nuclear-tipped states, Commander Southern Command Lt General Amir Riaz on Tuesday invited India to join the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and ‘share the fruits of future development by shelving the anti-Pakistan activities and subversion’. He said Pakistan and its neighbouring countries could benefit from CPEC projects while the people can enjoy peace and stability by cooperating with the FC.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Dec 24, 2016 - 3:37PM

    India should avoid CPEC at all costs, it’s simply one way traffic of sub-standard goods from China to the Western routes along the Asian belt and Europe. It will destroy smaller nations in it’s path. India should compete with China and not be a facilitator to it’s growth for pennies.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Dec 24, 2016 - 4:03PM

    chinkies should understand that the CPEC or Cheating Pakistan to Enrich China is passing through a disputed land.So to avoid future flare ups,this drama.CPEC is noway beneficial to India,since India got cheaper sea routes.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Dec 24, 2016 - 4:24PM

    Pakistan should be very careful with India up till now they have not done a single act to show good will towards Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Dec 24, 2016 - 4:56PM

    @سے Shaam (Hanafi): We are okay with your delusions. I am exceptionally happy India thinks it will fail.Recommend

  • dude
    Dec 24, 2016 - 5:41PM

    Its going to fail .. countries reducing imports from china..Recommend

  • Bal K
    Dec 24, 2016 - 5:44PM

    Shuaib, Even China is seeing its a failure. Do not worry about India. Your lt general am
    No China speakIng same language.But no u won’t get it.Thats is the definition of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bitter truth
    Dec 24, 2016 - 6:04PM

    Oh please, do that. We have no objection to that provided they behave themselves.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Dec 24, 2016 - 7:37PM

    No to India. at all cost.Recommend

  • Oommen
    Dec 24, 2016 - 9:02PM

    Practical way is to increase trade with India and Iran – then try to build up a local industrial base.
    East Turkestan (China) is the most backward part of China. (even after increase in Han Chinese population to almost 50 %) China is not going to close down its ports in East and divert it to export through Pakistan – even if they control it.Recommend

  • kamal
    Dec 24, 2016 - 9:16PM

    Block Barhamaputra Chinese brothers. CPEC – It was just an insult to India to invite, don’t get too excited.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Dec 24, 2016 - 9:36PM

    CPEC is meant for India. Chinese can not ignore their biggest trading partner in the region. Pakistanis are dumb if they think Chinese containers being trucked on CPEC will not be going to india. YES, INDIAN CAN BAN TO RECEIVE ANY GOODS COMING THROUGH CPEC TO INDIA. Pakistan should request india to not to receive CPEC transported containers…Pakistan will be no position to say NO to ChinaRecommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Dec 24, 2016 - 9:44PM

    @Bal K:
    you even realize that what CPEC is? Gawadar is hardly the 5th of whole CPEC cost. Most of the money is being spent on generating energy for industries and home usage for Pakistani. I can’t see that failing especially when China just committed extra 10B $ yesterday. Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Dec 24, 2016 - 10:10PM

    India can join provided stop stealing/diverting river water,stop covert intelligence operation from Afghanistan in Pakistan,stop bashing Pakistan world wide and poisoning Iranian govt & public Recommend

  • khadar basha
    Dec 24, 2016 - 11:15PM

    Why India require CPEC, it had already had a big seaport Mumbai. Transporting goods to Gwadar by road, unload, load in ships to Gulf countries is not economical.Recommend

  • bogus
    Dec 25, 2016 - 6:17AM

    China demands no bid contracts awarded strickly to Chinese contractors — that tells you much about how much China wants participation from other countries. Recommend

  • AKA
    Dec 25, 2016 - 7:46AM

    @Chacha Jee:
    than pakistan will do the same thing going to afganRecommend

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