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.
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.