India not threatened by Pakistan-China economic corridor: envoy

Published: April 23, 2015
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India’s high commissioner to Pakistan has said his country is not threatened by the $46-billion economic corridor between Pakistan and China, as an economically-strong Pakistan would bring regional stability.

 

“India has no worry over the construction of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor as an economically-strong Pakistan would bring stability to the region,” Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan said, addressing a meeting of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) in Peshawar, according to Economic Times.

 

This is the first visit by an Indian high commissioner to KPCCI in the past nine years. The last Indian high commissioner to visit was Shivshankar Menon in 2006.

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Further, the envoy said India is also not worried about the growing relations between Pakistan, Iran, China and Afghanistan either.

Raghavan underlined the need to remove misperception and restore mutual trust between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

“There is a need to remove misperception between Pakistan and India for the restoration of mutual trust,” he added.

Pakistani and Chinese officials on Monday signed a series of more than 50 accords to inaugurate the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will create a network of roads, railways and pipelines linking China’s restive west to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.

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The project is part of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” plan to expand its trade and transport footprint across Central and South Asia. It will give China easier access to Middle Eastern oil via the deep-water port of Gwadar.

Acknowledging Pakistan and China’s positive relations, Raghavan claimed India and China’s relations are stable too.

Trade volume between India and China reached the $70 billion mark and India also bought power generation equipment from China.

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Urging an increase in the volume of bilateral trade between India and Pakistan, the envoy said the goal can be achieved “if we treat each other as normal trade partners.”

“India and Pakistan should behave like normal trading partners. Peace and security in Pakistan is important for economic growth of both Pakistan as well as India alike.”

“Fears that enhanced trade with India would result in Indian goods flooding Pakistani market, rendering local traders out of business, is misplaced,” he added.

Further, he pointed out trade between India and China was equal to trade between India and Pakistan in 2000, ranging between $100million.

However, he added after a passage of 14 years, the trade volume between India and China has jumped to $65 billion to $70 billion, while trade between India and Pakistan is around $2.5 billion to $2.9 billion.

Raghavan said boost in trade between India and China is a good example as to how barriers were removed between the two countries as they both focused on trade and commercial act.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Pity
    Apr 23, 2015 - 3:25PM

    The need for the Indian high commissioner to say that India is not threatened by the Pakistan-China economic corridor speaks a lot about India’s insecurity.” Recommend

  • Amused
    Apr 23, 2015 - 3:45PM

    …not threatened, but will fund/arm/support more unrest via proxies in Balochistan (whose days are numbered, so it won’t really matter)Recommend

  • Apr 23, 2015 - 4:06PM

    What Indian media is portraying then? Recommend

  • Capital
    Apr 23, 2015 - 4:07PM

    Cry baby as always!Recommend

  • bilal
    Apr 23, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Considering the hysterical responses on social media and the frothing at the mouths of Indian analysts at home and abroad it is safe to assume this deal has frustrated India to put it lightly.Recommend

  • Haider
    Apr 23, 2015 - 5:24PM

    It shouldnt be worry.Trade will increase when power problem ends and Pakistan’s exports will increaseRecommend

  • Usman777
    Apr 23, 2015 - 5:39PM

    Please send this memo to your trolls. Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 23, 2015 - 5:49PM

    Always so obsessed with everything Pakistan. I wonder when that day will come where Pakistan even sneezes and India will not put out the same drama statement, “we are not threatened”. If I could describe India in 1 phrase it will be jealous ex-girlfriend. Girl because it fights like one.Recommend

  • Zaffar
    Apr 23, 2015 - 5:52PM

    The envoys words are simple, why worring for a project which won’t become a reality. Recommend

  • Mulana Diesel
    Apr 23, 2015 - 6:45PM

    Very true mr ambassador. Hopefully you mean that.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Apr 23, 2015 - 8:07PM

    Their media seems to disagreeRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Apr 23, 2015 - 10:39PM

    Pakistan can either side with saudis or go for the dosti with chinese. If Pakistan sends its army to Yemen, it will bring the war in Pakistan and China will back away from making these investments. Personally, I welcome this Chinese investments, as in order for Pakistan to bring these investments, it must wipe out terrorists of all sorts from its region and permanently stop supporting or sponsoring any terrorist groups. This would be good for India also and we will see peace, progress and prosperity in Indian Kashmir. China is not going to make huge investments in Pakistan and also allow Pakistan to keep sponsoring terrorist groups to infiltrate to Indian Kashmir. Having seen the destruction and damage islamic terrorists are causing in its own region, China will be keen to eliminate islamic terrorists from the entire region.Recommend

  • Beet Neeka
    Apr 24, 2015 - 2:18AM

    The changed corridor running through Lahore makes commercial sense. Chinese-Punjab made product will have access through Wahga to a billion buyers Indian market. Mass production of goods with expensive electricity need to have buyers with good purchasing power. Which Indian or only Pakistani Punjab have. Pakhtun, Baluch & Sindhi do not have jobs or population to buy China-Punjab made products. So this narrative that India is making problems is only good for suppressing Baluch & Pashtun. In fact this Corridor is good for India, it punctures Pakistani narrative of a requirement for enmity with India. Pakistani establishment can not say “NO” to Chinese. It is very interesting game ball. Recommend

  • Sam
    Apr 24, 2015 - 6:24AM

    The Chinese see Pakistan as an extension of east Turkestan. Let’s ponder over what happened in East turkestan in the last 65 years and try and connect the dots.Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2015 - 9:35AM

    @Sam:
    Keep doing what you call it connecting the dots, and meanwhile we do some business! Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 24, 2015 - 6:53PM

    @Raj – USA,

    India has been provoking terrorism in the subcontinent since its inception. Be it Siri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan. Iran, Bangladesh even within India. What kind of people elect a person who has slaughtered and burnt alive thousands of people just because they were Muslims. Check your facts before talking about terrorism.Recommend

  • Saif
    Apr 24, 2015 - 11:56PM

    @Amused:

    It is high time that India start raising Baloochistan issue in international forums…Baloochistan was acceded to Pakistan by use of force by Pakistan which is a well known historical fact …google it ..ppl will know that ….India is been too kind to Pakistan !Recommend

  • Abdul
    Apr 25, 2015 - 2:50AM

    LOL $ 46 billion is like the trade between India China in six months.Recommend

  • Abdul
    Apr 25, 2015 - 2:52AM

    @Ali:
    Unfortunately only Pakistan thinks so. Even your sugar daddy USA places bounties on your countrymen and the UN proscribes YOUR country organizations.Recommend

  • ProPaki
    Apr 25, 2015 - 9:24AM

    China release is Main silk route map for South Asia which shows China will lay down its railway from Arunachal Pradesh- Dehli-Lahore then Karachi & Gawardr. China is investing hundreds of billion dollar in all regions of world.
    Between 2004 and 2013, China’s overseas investments increased 13.7 times, from $45 billion to $613 billion.
    Ther offer 100 billion to Sudan, so my Indian friend no need to worry about Pak-China friendship. Chinese coalition is not only with Pakistan but with the rest of world as well.

    Himalayas route is only use able in summer season and its stay close for 6 moths due to weather condition.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq PK
    Apr 25, 2015 - 11:29AM

    Indians and Indian leadership will you explain that did Pakistan use any words against India during Chinese president’s Pakistan visit and during while signing the contracts with China that India and Indian media are showing reservations and Indian leadership is giving such this type of statement?$46 billions Pakistan’s contracts with China are purely and only for Pakistan and Pakistan’s people’s economic prosperity,stability and sovereignty never for aggressive designs/intentions for its neighbors.So Indian leadership has never to think about it that Pakistan-China contracts may/shall harm India in any forms and manifestations…..Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    May 3, 2015 - 9:24PM

    If this corridor is used for trade & commerce, it is a good development not only for Pakistan but for the subcontinent. Even India & Afghanistan should get a connection to it.
    However ( as some Indian analysts fear) if it is used for strategic Military objectives, that would certainly add to tension. The Indian high commissioner (& many Indian analysts too) is optimist but not every analyst in India.Recommend

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