CPEC unacceptable to us: India tells China

CPEC unacceptable to us: India tells China
BEIJING: India on Wednesday said China must explain how New Delhi can take part in the Silk Road summit being held here this year when the $46 billion CPEC passing through PoK violates its sovereignty.

"The subject came up. They have extended an invitation to the government to participate in the summit. We are examining the matter," foreign secretary S Jaishankar, who co-chaired an upgraded strategic dialogue between the two countries, told reporters here.

The fact that CPEC is part of this particular initiative. CPEC violates Indian sovereignty because it runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)," Jaishankar said.

Since they (China) are a country who have been very sensitive to sovereignty concerns, it was for them to say how a country whose sovereignty has been violated can come on an invitation. 

We would like to see what proposal any body has in this regard. We were very frank with them in sharing what our concerns were and we share it in public. But the issue for us is a sovereignty issue," he said.

Chinese President Xi JinPing who launched the multi- billion dollar One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative and called for Silk Road connectivity, has convened the summit in May which officials here say will be held on a massive scale.

The article originally appeared in Times of India