1. China ‘wonders’ if India will join China Pakistan Economic Corridor

China ‘wonders’ if India will join China Pakistan Economic Corridor

Stating that it will include a third party in the $51 billion CPEC in consensus with Pakistan, China has said it is wondering if India would join the project on the request of a Pakistani General.

By: | Beijing | Updated: December 25, 2016 12:37 PM
China Pakistan Economic Corridor, CPEC, project, multi billion project, dollar project, china, india, pakistan Stating that it will include a third party in the billion CPEC in consensus with Pakistan, China has said it is wondering if India would join the project on the request of a Pakistani General. (Reuters)

Stating that it will include a third party in the $51 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in consensus with Pakistan, China has said it is wondering if India would join the project on the request of a Pakistani General.

Last week Commander, Southern Command, Lt. Gen. Aamir Riaz invited India to join the CPEC, saying New Delhi should “shun enmity” with Islamabad and jointly reap the benefit of the multi-billion dollar project.

When asked about this proposal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “I wonder whether the Indian side takes this offer made by the Pakistani general as a goodwill gesture.” She added, “The CPEC, as an important component of China’s Belt and Road initiative, is an open initiative.

China would like to discuss the possibility of introducing a third party on the basis of consensus with the Pakistani side through consultation.”

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Chunying said that China regards the CPEC project as a framework for cooperation built by the two sides with a focus on the long-term development of bilateral cooperation in various fields and hope it would contribute to regional connectivity, peace, stability and prosperity.

Earlier, Chinese media suggested India to accept the Pakistani General’s offer, saying that such an opportunity could be of transient benefit to all involved.

“New Delhi should consider accepting the olive branch Pakistan has extended in a bid to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, said an article in the Global Times, adding that there is a possibility that the open attitude toward India joining the CPEC will quickly be overwhelmed by opposition voices from Pakistan if India does not respond in a timely manner.

It said that since India’s primary strategy is to promote economic and social development in the Kashmir region, the best way to reduce hostilities is by establishing economic cooperation based on mutual benefits to put aside what cannot be reached by a consensus.

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    Bandra
    Dec 25, 2016 at 8:24 am
    The best way for China to move forward is for China to settle its border dispute with India based on the boundaries inherited by India from the British. The British had rights over Tibet which India inherited and later gave up as a gesture of goodwill. China till today has not reciprocated and built trust which is a cornerstone of all relationships. That Tibet was not a part of China is a historical fact which China tends to ignore. India does not need the advice of two crooked nations.
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    1. Vinod
      Dec 26, 2016 at 8:30 am
      Last decade saw a mulude of Infrastructural Economic framework proposals for stan to integrate with West Asia ( IPI - Iran stan Ind gas link) or Central Asia ( TAPI gas line ) or SAARC ( Motor vehicles agreement & MFN status ) and latest CPEC by Chinese in 2013 ( even though envisioned in 1970's ). As could be seen, all the proposals except CPEC have an overt win - win vis a vis for India and stan by connecting stan's traditional partners in West Asia & Central Asia. However, stan chose only to inflict a lose on India. 'Soft Borders' eventhough acceptable to India should have a wider connotations by Kasmir people's endort to stay in the Indian union under no cirstances of secession and stan' acknowledgement for future integrity of India. Unless, a practical steps like granting MFN allowing transit route to India for Central Asia by stan, India should desist from even reacting to the outreach made by stan
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