1. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may fuel Indo-Pak tension: UN report

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may fuel Indo-Pak tension: UN report

The report was prepared at China’s request and covers the six economic corridors spanning Asia, Europe, and Africa under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

By: | Bangkok | Published: May 24, 2017 12:10 PM
A recent United Nations report has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) might create geopolitical tensions with India and ignite political instability as the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir is a matter of concern. (Reuters)

A recent United Nations report has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) might create geopolitical tensions with India and ignite political instability as the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir is a matter of concern. The report titled ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Role of Escap’ and released by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) also feared that Afghanistan’s political instability could limit the potential benefits of transit corridors to population centers near Kabul or Kandahar.

The report was prepared at China’s request and covers the six economic corridors spanning Asia, Europe, and Africa under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The report also states that CPEC could serve as the “driver for trade and economic integration” between China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Afghanistan and the Central Asian states.

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CPEC holds the promise of closer trade, investment and energy cooperation between the two countries, as it creates alternative maritime trade routes for China and its trading partners, it said.

Recently, India had also refused invitation to attend China’s ambitious One Belt One Road Summit held this month as opposed to the inclusion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the OBOR initiative as a part of the project passes through disputed Kashmir region.

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    Krishna
    May 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    India will never join hands with either terrorist states and terrorist supportive states.
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      Rajput Bhatti
      May 26, 2017 at 3:23 am
      Rich coming from a terrorist m murdering aids infested rapist toiletless nation. stan and China don't want you to join, they are just playing politics to make you look bad and they are succeeding.
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    2. Mihir Kumar Bhattacharya
      May 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm
      China , for its traditional enmity with India decided to tag geography, economic development and strategical supremacy basically to encircle India. By paying huge loan to Indian neighbors and then claiming benefits for non repayments, it has converted into a regional imperialist player. In India only such policy has not been successful.. It is a fact that China has invested in Indian Extremists and a group of so called intelligentsia, politicians. But still it has a dirty picture in the minds of an average Indian.. Democratic India hates China. It considers China as an occupier of independent Tibet.. China is a communo capitalist country. with no respect for democracy and free Judiciary.
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