China dismisses UN concerns over CPEC project

China dismisses UN concerns over CPEC project

BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Ministry has strongly reacted over the report of the United Nations expressing concerns over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.

China has dismissed United Nations concerns on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chinese foreign ministry said.

The report by UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (ESCAP), had warned that the CPEC could create tension with India and fuel political instability in the region.

Describing the United Nations as a “partner” in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Beijing on Thursday dismissed the report, saying this report was not specifically on the CPEC and had evaluated the BRI in a very positive way.

The report, issued on Tuesday, said the CPEC could lead to “further political instability” in the region and “create geo-political tension with India”.

India skipped the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last week.

Dismissing the UN concerns, foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said, “As far as I have learned, the ESCAP did not issue any specific report on the BRI. As for CPEC passing through the Azad Jammu and Kashmir, I have said this many times, it (CPEC) is an economic initiative and it will not affect our position on the Kashmir issue.”