CPEC doesn't change Pakistan China position on Kashmir: China Foreign Ministry

CPEC doesn't change Pakistan China position on Kashmir: China Foreign Ministry

BEIJING - China on Thursday said the CPEC project does not affect China and Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir issue.

China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui during an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last week offered to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as build an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir.

India has raised concerns over the project as it passes through Azad  Kashmir. The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.

The Chinese foreign ministry responding to media queries about Luo’s remarks said: “The China-Pakistan economic corridor is a framework for cooperation focusing on the long- term development of cooperation in all fields.”

The project is not only in the interests of both China and Pakistan but also conducive to promoting regional stability and development, it said.

The Chinese foreign ministry said China’s stand is that the CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative and has “nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes”.

The CPEC “does not affect China and Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir issue,” it said.

Previously China had stated that the project would not change its stand on Kashmir. This time China also referred to Pakistan’s stand too.

China’s stand on the Kashmir issue is that it should be resolved between India and Pakistan through negotiations.