CPEC will not change China's position on Kashmir, says spokesperson

Published: May 19, 2017

The One Belt One Road initiative and its linked projects, i.e. CPEC, will not affect China’s position on the long-standing Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, the Chinese foreign ministry has said.

During a press briefing on Thursday, spokesperson Hua Chunying said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would help enhance regional connectivity and promote common development and prosperity for regional countries.

“The Belt and Road Initiative is an open and cooperative one. It operates under the principle of joint contribution, extensive consultation and shared benefits. All countries along the Belt and Road are welcome to join the initiative to share development opportunities and benefits,” Chunying said.

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Kashmir issue, the spokesperson added, is an issue between India and Pakistan, and hopefully will be resolved by the two sides through dialogue and negotiation. “The CPEC will not change China’s position on the Kashmir issue.”

Kashmir has been divided between the two-nuclear armed rivals since Partition. Both claim the territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region. An armed rebellion that started in the region in 1989 has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.


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  • PrasadDeccani
    May 19, 2017 - 7:21PM

    Thank you, China.Recommend

  • Vectra
    May 19, 2017 - 9:56PM

    These words can’t convince India unless China removes GB part from CPEC.BTW China even if wants to change its Kashmir position it can do so because its hands are bind.The reason is doing so will tantamount to attacking One India policy that will bring with it the severe risk of reversing One China policy by India.That will become tit for tat game which neither Beijing nor New Delhi will want.Recommend

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