India raises objections over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Published: May 12, 2015
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PHOTO COURTESY: PTI

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PHOTO COURTESY: PTI

DELHI: Days before the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits China on a three-day state visit, India formally registered a protest against the recently signed $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

According to reports in the Indian media, the Chinese envoy in Delhi was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs and an objection was lodged over the project.

The $46 billion dollar investment intends to create infrastructure network which will see a land route linking China’s west to the Arabian Sea through Kashmir.

Read: India not threatened by Pakistan-China economic corridor: envoy

India has also expressed its concerns about China routing its corridor through Kashmir, but President Xi Jingping had dismissed these objections, describing the economic corridor as “a commercial project.”

Last month, India’s high commissioner to Pakistan had said that his country was not threatened by the $46-billion economic corridor between Pakistan and China, as an economically-strong Pakistan would bring regional stability.

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  • Haider
    May 12, 2015 - 9:09PM

    all Indian trolls stated India is not concerned.India get a life.Its a gamechanger for Pakistan.Indian HC trolled as he said India has no objections and many bloggers here trolled.Have we ever raised objections to India’s relationship with other countries.Recommend

  • Haider
    May 12, 2015 - 9:12PM

    Well stronger ties with China and Afghanistan are a pinch for IndiaRecommend

  • Human
    May 12, 2015 - 9:18PM

    Mr modi plz present the original instrument of accession of kashmir (which does not actually exist) and also Mr nehru made a promise of plebicite which hasn’t been fulfilled yet…thirdy when u claim kashmirs “accession to india” ,then don’t forget junagarhs accession to Pakistan Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    May 12, 2015 - 9:39PM

    The true face of indian hate against Pakistan has shown again. Why india is objecting to this investment from China? I wonder will those winging Indians, who jump on each other to criticize any action of Pakistan against india,will explain how this agreement will hurt their country. Whenever,I read Indians remarks on Tribune Express on Pakistan,reminds me the wise words of my late father,who use to say,”I will wait to judge any agreements Pakistan makes with other countries,till the Indians remarks about them.If they criticize it,then it must be very good for Pakistan.”
    Now after seeing this criticism from indian government proves that These agreements must be good for our country.I appriciat the wisdom of my father in his assessment of indian mind set against Pakistan.
    I hope,China will rebuke terrorist Modi,when and if he brings it up between their talks on his China tour. I will only tell Indians,”We don’t care whatever your motives are but KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF CHINA PAKISTAN AFFAIRS.” That will be the best for the region.Recommend

  • Mahesh
    May 12, 2015 - 10:10PM

    @Haider: the objection is to the route passing through Kashmir, which is indian territory. You are free to build it in other places.Recommend

  • Babloo
    May 12, 2015 - 10:14PM

    Haider,
    Read carefully. Indian objections are to any country providing assistance to build anything in that part of Indian Kashmir , occupied by Pakistan.Recommend

  • Kishore
    May 12, 2015 - 10:24PM

    @Human:
    Bhaijan- which age u live in? Stuck in time- wrap?Recommend

  • nust
    May 12, 2015 - 10:28PM

    @babloo

    “Indian Kashmir, occupied by Pakistan.”

    Like seriously, get a life – or an atlas. There’s an “Indian occupied Kashmir” yet no Pakistan occupied one.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    May 12, 2015 - 10:30PM

    What right India has to be interfering in the internal matters of Pakistan, Pakistan has the right to make any treaties or economic ties with any country they wish to. Some one should tell Mr. Modi that Pakistan is an independent country and is not colony of India. And above all it not some pip squeak country Goa where Indian could interfere willfully. I say to Modi, get a life, Pakistanis don’t give a damn what you think.Recommend

  • Mihir
    May 12, 2015 - 10:42PM

    That corridor passes through Kashmir which is INDIAN LAND. Pakistan does not have a border with China. So, India should definitely object and see to it that its land is not used without its consent.Recommend

  • GV RAO
    May 12, 2015 - 10:47PM

    @Human:
    The instrument of accession is on the web, google it. Plebiscite in Kashmir was only about staying independent or joining India. So, Pakistan is not a party. Since Plebiscite could not be conducted in 1948 because of Paki occupation, the condition stood waived and the entire Kashmir became part of India in 1956 as per accession.Recommend

  • Khan
    May 12, 2015 - 11:15PM

    @Babloo:

    So Indians acknowledged that portion of Bharat Mata is held by PAKISTAN by force…………MUSIC TO MY EARS.Recommend

  • Asok
    May 12, 2015 - 11:46PM

    It is a pro-forma protest so that India does not lose the claim to the occupied areas of J&K (PoK and GB). Nobody, including GoI, expects it to actually stop the investment.Recommend

  • Dishum
    May 12, 2015 - 11:53PM

    Chinese are gifted Kashmir just like the Sheikhs are gifted the Houbara Bustard. Client states are expected to give a lot of gifts.Recommend

  • Saif
    May 13, 2015 - 12:04AM

    @GV RAO:
    first lets have a plebicite in Baloochistan , Sindh,JP,Gilgit Baltistan and AJK Recommend

  • Samir
    May 13, 2015 - 12:15AM

    Happens soon after Modi accepts chinese ‘right’ to regional influence. What an inconsistent nation. Recommend

  • Vectra
    May 13, 2015 - 12:37AM

    POK is Indian Territory and China should carefully spend its money as there is a chance china may not get that money back as in case of war pakistan cannot save POK and will be recaptured by India easily.Mind it LOC is not a boundary,its a war ceasefire line and any future war will start from that ceasefire line only and every one knows the military might of India.Recommend

  • Yasir Mehmood
    May 13, 2015 - 12:57AM

    @ GV RAO.
    Yeah I googled and found one. Looks totally fake with alot of spelling mistakes and grammer mistakes with corrections done by hand writing.The date is cut by pen twice. Even a pan shop owner has better documented evidence.Recommend

  • globalobserver
    May 13, 2015 - 1:11AM

    @Naeem Khan:

    “What right India has to be interfering in the internal matters of Pakistan, Pakistan has the right to make any treaties or economic ties with any country they wish to.”

    Well, the problem is that AJK / Gilgit-Baltistan and northern areas occupied by Pakistan are officially designated as “disputed territories” by Pakistan. How can Pakistan make such major changes in what it considers disputed territories.

    Of course Pakistan has the right to do what it wants in its sovereign pert, but not in the “disputed” territories.Recommend

  • usman777
    May 13, 2015 - 1:45AM

    Pakistan occupied?

    Gilgit & Baltistanis are proud pakisanis – even though we have not given them provincial status…

    Kashmiris themselves call azad kashmir… azad kashmir… lol.Recommend

  • Puppet
    May 13, 2015 - 2:02AM

    AS expected, always a spoiler.Recommend

  • Minerva
    May 13, 2015 - 2:22AM

    @Khan

    Whole Pakistan is part of Bharat Mata. Our civilization (i mean both India and Pakistan) has its roots in Indus valley civilization. Sorry to break your heart if you were thinking that your ancestors were from Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Salim_Sufi
    May 13, 2015 - 2:23AM

    If Kashmir is disputed as Pakistan keeps claiming, then how come Pakistan gets to allow a third party that is China to get a transit route. If Kashmir is disputed, then the whole of it is disputed. UN mandated rules are applicable to the whole of Kashmir, the part that is with India, and the part that Pakistan invaded in 1947.Recommend

  • Zahid
    May 13, 2015 - 3:22AM

    This is our home Land Pakistan we will do whatever we want
    China is our great friend, we are proud of Chinese friendship
    Long Live China Pakistan friendshipRecommend

  • SK
    May 13, 2015 - 4:48AM

    Since CPEC goes through POK, it is objectionable for India. Recommend

  • The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario
    May 13, 2015 - 5:27AM

    Jeez. Such an immature act by India. Only strengths the argument of ISI that India will keep on destabilizing Kashmir. Recommend

  • John
    May 13, 2015 - 5:28AM

    @Mihir:
    Mate there is just this tiny problem here, Nobody asked for India’s consent but if you think its India’s land, how about Indian government do something about it ?Actions speak louder than words, if you want o stop it, let’s see what India got.Recommend

  • Indian Guy
    May 13, 2015 - 6:33AM

    I think this is just a routine protest registered to keep in line with the official stance of India on Jammu and Kashmir. Since, the proposed corridor goes through this disputed region, in order to be consistent with its official stand the protest has been made, even though the govt does not oppose the corridor it self. It has more to do with maintaining a particular legal stand than actual opposition.Recommend

  • Demolition Woman
    May 13, 2015 - 6:37AM

    @Human: Not to mention Hyderabad Deccan’s accession to Pakistan ! But what can one expect from fork-tongued Indians..Recommend

  • Demolition Woman
    May 13, 2015 - 6:41AM

    @Mahesh: Oh stop quibbling; just consider it free development work for India !Recommend

  • from India
    May 13, 2015 - 7:11AM

    India’s objection is a strategic one. If China ignores India’s concerns so will india when it comes to operating in South China sea. Its a diplomatic tussle two big economies. Pakistanis need not get too excited.Recommend

  • Haider
    May 13, 2015 - 7:16AM

    Even if working boundary is made border Pakistani side Kashmir will remain with Pakistan….. Kashmir is a disputed issue.2 minutes for those who states its an integral part of IndiaRecommend

  • wb
    May 13, 2015 - 7:49AM

    Common Sense and Pakistanis are like North and South pole.

    They cannot understand simple logical things.

    India is opposing to the work in Kashmir. According to Pakistanis Kashmir is a disputed territory. So, India has a right to object.

    To those Pakistanis who call this project game changer: you’re utterly miserable fools. No project, no matter worth what, can be a game changer for any country.

    You cannot change fates of a country over 10 years. USA took 200 years. India has taken 70 years and still making moderate progress.

    But, good for us, Pakistanis will remain confused and ignorant and failed.Recommend

  • May 13, 2015 - 8:39AM

    @Human:
    In Junagarh already plebicite was conducted. For Kashmir you need to vacate captured land of Kashmir and give away part of Kashmir to China first.Recommend

  • neat
    May 13, 2015 - 8:42AM

    F’in Indian cry babies. Can’t see Pakistan prosper. Your own people don’t have toilets and India is worried about sabotaging CPEC. If you can’t run your country, give it to us Pakistanis, after all we ruled over India for 800 years. p.s all the pretty bollywood chicks are our product. get it wink, winkRecommend

  • Haider
    May 13, 2015 - 9:30AM

    @wb
    Pakistan will be ignorant and failed.Keep dreaming man.Pakistan is on its feet.See Economy of Pakistan in 60’s,80’s and 2005 but was hit by Terrorism and loadshdding..Pakistan has not start from the scratch but start from where it left in 2005……China took only 20yrs to be a strong economyRecommend

  • Haider
    May 13, 2015 - 9:33AM

    @Babloo
    @Mahesh
    Kashmir is a disputed issue…PCEC is in Pakistani side.If India is so creating objections on Kashmir why it doesnt solve Kashmir issue.India doesnt want to talk on KashmirRecommend

  • kala bagh
    May 13, 2015 - 9:34AM

    This corridor is another Kala Bagh in the makingRecommend

  • Asad
    May 13, 2015 - 9:43AM

    @Mahesh:
    Haha really? You made me laugh :)Recommend

  • jamor
    May 13, 2015 - 9:49AM

    This objection by India is not Pakistan specific.In the past China had objected to India constructing roads in Arunachel Pradesh ,on the grounds that it was disputed area.India is now objecting to the road passing through Kashmir for the same reasonRecommend

  • Safron
    May 13, 2015 - 10:51AM

    Pakistan is a slave race. First they were slaves to the Arabs, then to the Americans, now to the Chinese. We should deal directly with the slave owners.Recommend

  • Third Umpire
    May 13, 2015 - 11:16AM

    @jamor: If Kashmir is a disputed territory, why is the delay (67 years) in resolving the issue through sincere efforts?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 13, 2015 - 11:42AM

    surprise surprise.!!Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    May 13, 2015 - 12:30PM

    @Yasir Mehmood:
    “Yeah I googled and found one. Looks totally fake with alot of spelling mistakes and grammer mistakes with corrections done by hand writing.The date is cut by pen twice. Even a pan shop owner has better documented evidence.”

    I too googled and found the document. Hundred percent original and authenticated. Now vacate the occupied Kashmir land. The land of Rishi Kashyap.Recommend

  • Human
    May 13, 2015 - 12:41PM

    @Kishore:
    Sounds funny coming frm an 1ndianRecommend

  • Human
    May 13, 2015 - 12:47PM

    @Bharat Jaiswal:
    Sir junagarh was occupied by indian forces and so was hyderabad and goa(frm portugease)…therefore throughout history india has been occupying territoriesRecommend

  • Human
    May 13, 2015 - 12:55PM

    @Mihir:
    Wonder why u call ur country ‘india’ when in fact most of indus flows through our countryRecommend

  • MAK
    May 13, 2015 - 1:11PM

    if India is objecting CPEC then Pakistan has also right to protest against the Indian chahbar port and route, because India has nothing to business with Afghanistan and CARS, history witness,there were no such trade relations existed between hindus and afghans except invasions.Recommend

  • Farooq Qazi
    May 13, 2015 - 1:30PM

    @Mihir:
    “Pakistan does not have a border with China.”

    Dude… Ever heard of the Khunjerab Pass??? Seriously. I thought Indians were educated and well informed.

    Read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khunjerab_Pass for enlightenment.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    May 13, 2015 - 1:44PM

    @neat:
    Pakistanis ruled India for 800 years? lol..
    I thought they were Arabs,Turks,Iranians who ruled some parts of India.

    You couldn’t rule your own country for 70 years, your army is still ruling you.

    I would like to remind you one thing,
    Bengalis are still ruling their land(West Bengal).
    Kashmiris are still ruling their land(Kashmir)
    Dravidians are still ruling their land(Tamilnadu)
    Kannadigas are still ruling their land(Karnataka)
    Marathas are still ruling their land(Maharashtra)
    ……and everyone in India are ruling their land by democracy.Recommend

  • Farooq Qazi
    May 13, 2015 - 1:58PM

    I am surprised at the comments coming in from Indians. Specially shocked at what some of our Sikh friends are saying. Forgetting what India did to them and that their forefathers gave their lives for a Sikh Punjab in the form of Khalistan. Slaughtered at the Golden Temple. They forget somehow what many Sikhs don’t. India has been doing to Kashmiris the same that they have been doing to Sikhs. Kashmir should be resolved. Yes. But not by force but by mutual consent of Pakistan and India on the concerns of the Kashmiris. And it should be addressed for the Kashmiris.

    The objection raised on the Chinese investment concerns India because of Baluchistan as well. Where the Indians have been instigating a covert war on Pakistan’s interests. However, their concern and objection cannot be materialized and addressed as per their will and desire. They are still to come to norms with China. Only a short while back, Chinese military was roaming around in Leh or Ladakh area (cant exactly recall which one) and the Indian media was highlighting that quite a lot. I understand how much the Indian media hypes up things and exaggerates situations but that episode is still to be probed and facts brought forward in order to access how much can India resist the Chinese giant leaning over her. Keeping aside the fact that Chinese have no interest in gaining land from India and they’re least bothered on that front.

    I wonder what strategic difference would it make if China built a corridor through the Himalayas into Indian Punjab and all the way down to Mumbai, an already flourishing and huge port in the warm waters, and goes through relatively peaceful areas. But it does not. Why chose a struggling and troubled Pakistan and a huge investment in Baluchistan? Seems like Pakistan and China are more on the same page and India feels left out in such times.

    India need to resolve its issues with China as well as Pakistan. Because all of us will and our future generations would still be living here a 100 years from now.. We should all think of what they get in their inheritance. Hate or Peace.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    May 13, 2015 - 2:27PM

    @Farooq Qazi:
    ““Pakistan does not have a border with China.”
    Dude… Ever heard of the Khunjerab Pass??? Seriously. I thought Indians were educated and well informed.”

    But then how did you assume ” Mihir” is an Indian? Just persumed?Recommend

  • Vectra
    May 13, 2015 - 2:45PM

    @MAK:
    afganistan and iran are not your country or playground that you have the right to protest Chabahar,those two countries are totally with India and have signed tripartite pact with India.Recommend

  • Taimoor
    May 13, 2015 - 2:58PM

    Can smell some weird Indian flesh burning. Like a cat on a hot tin roof, it’s “that” part of Indian body that even indians can’t kick themselves.Recommend

  • Czar
    May 14, 2015 - 3:06AM

    @Saif:
    and Nagaland, Jharkand, Indian Held Kashmir, SikkimRecommend

  • HIMA
    May 14, 2015 - 5:25AM

    @HUMAN ( so called)

    Indus flows through India first before entering to Pakistan. India has history dt 10000 BC, Pakistan came to existence( by mistake) in 1947 only .

    If you still think Indus river is yours, wait for few more years, our dams will be complete . then you will have indus drain flowing through Pakistan.Recommend

  • JSM
    May 14, 2015 - 7:42AM

    @Samir:
    We are not a subservient nation.

    The protest is just a formality.

    Pakistan is not China nor can you become like China by associating with them. During 60 years of close associations with Americans you could not become like them or benefit as a nation from the association.

    Knowing Pakistan, there is nothing for Indians to worry about CPEC- Nothing will never get built.Recommend

  • wb
    May 14, 2015 - 8:38AM

    @Haider:

    “Pakistan is on its feet.See Economy of Pakistan in 60′s,80′s and 2005 but was hit by Terrorism and loadshdding..Pakistan has not start from the scratch but start from where it left in 2005……China took only 20yrs to be a strong economy”

    There’s a beggar on my street. He’s healthy, and young and quite fit. He’s just plain lazy and stupid. Just by begging he earns between 100-200 rupees a day.

    Once in a blue moon, once in 2-3 years, one day he earns 600-1000. And that day he believes that his life has changed. He’s a rich man now and he need not worry for the rest of his life. And he enjoys that for a week.

    A week later, he’s back on the street.

    You get the moral of the story.Recommend

  • shah
    May 21, 2015 - 1:12PM

    @Safron:
    For Thousand Years You Were Slaves to Our Predocessors Then You Were Slaves To The British Then After ‘Independence’ You Became Slaves To Soviets Now You Are Courting To Be Slaves To USA

    Just Look Who Is TalkingRecommend

  • Azi
    Jun 1, 2015 - 5:48PM

    @Mahesh:

    If Kashmir is in fact Indian territory, I don’t see India controlling it. Your enemy Pakistan does and comes and goes as it pleases, what you going to do about it? Threat surgical strikes? You need courage that India can never muster up for that.Recommend

  • Sep 9, 2015 - 9:33PM

    Very Nice. Modi is Great PM of IndiaRecommend

  • A proud Pakistani
    Sep 14, 2015 - 1:27AM

    To the Indian guy who said it took 70 years for india to change it’s fate and still gradually progressing. Dude you got to know that progress of a state or even a person depends on its potential abilities. Pakistan is strategically and geographical has immense importance. China, landlocked central Asian countries, Afghanistan, Russia, Iran and India too can get benefits from the route. And CPEC isn’t just the road and rail link but energy projects are also part of it. Once Pakistan has enough electricity to run industries the textile and other industries will realize a boom. World knows how fertile our land is once proper irrigation plan we get through CPEC which has few hydral projects too well it will certainly help to increase our agri export. We are rich of natural resources like coal, gold, copper and minerals once finance is in hand we can extract these and utilize to produce finished goods rather to export the raw to other countries. So in my opinion yes it can be a game changer if this project isn’t politicized and destroyed. Further, regarding development in disputed territory if india can built baglihar dam and least allow us to build some roads.Recommend

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