Ready to talk to India on CPEC: China

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jan 2018 09:01:33



CHINA on Monday said it is ready to talk to India over its concerns on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Beijing’s reaction came in response to India’s Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale telling ‘Global Times’ that CPEC is a major problem and it must not be pushed under the carpet.

China again maintained that the multi-billion dollar project is “merely an economic cooperation” and not aimed at India.
“Regarding the CPEC, China has reiterated its position. As to the differences between China and India, China stands ready to communicate and talk with India to seek proper solution so that these differences don’t affect our general national interests. This best serves the interests of the two countries,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said here.

The over $50 billion project, a key artery of Beijing’s mega Belt and Road initiative, has caused much friction between India and China over the past few years.
The CPEC links China’s Kashgar in Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar port in Balochistan through a network of roads, railways and highways. India strongly objects to the route of the corridor, which goes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir claimed by India.

Asked how China will address India’s concerns over territorial sovereignty, Hua said: “As to any differences arising between the two countries, it calls for sincerity and mutual respect for these parties to seek proper solution and management of differences.”
“We should not just ask one party alone to solve this problem, and as I said we are willing to work with the Indian side through dialogue and communication for a better solution,” she added.

“CPEC is merely an economic cooperation project, it is not
targeted at any third party. We hope the Indian side can put this in perspective.””


Well within rights to build facility in Doka La: China


CHINA on Monday said it is building military infrastructure in Doka La because the region falls under its jurisdiction.
Beijing was reacting to an interview by India’s envoy Gautam Bambawale to Global Times in which he said it was essential for both sides not to alter the status quo at sensitive points along their border.

Bambawale was apparently referring to Doka La where the armies of the two nations were locked in an over two-month dispute last year, triggered after India halted road construction by the Chinese army.
The armies retreated in August from Doka La.
“Indeed, we have noted that the Indian Ambassador talked on the border issues. The Sikkim section of China-India has been demarcated by the historical treaty and it is under the effective jurisdiction of China. And China will uphold its sovereignty along the border area, including Dong Lang,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said here.

Despite the crisis being resolved, some satellite images showed that China has built massive military infrastructure in Doka La.
“You said the images show military buildup by both sides. I should stress that it falls under China’s sovereignty that we conduct the facility building in Dong Lang (Doka La) area. And some media carried out reports, saying about military buildup and infrastructure building in the area. They are very excited about it.

“I should say the two sides should look at our border issue in a calm way, and resolve relevant issues with our existing border related mechanism so that we can create a good and enabling environment to properly solve our differences.”