India Pulls Up Pakistan, China For Their Move to Add More Countries to CPEC Projects

Pakistan, China

India on Tuesday pulled up Pakistan and China for their move to include third countries in the multi-billion-dollar connectivity corridor passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, said such activities under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are “inherently illegal, illegitimate and unacceptable”, and India will behave accordingly.

“India has been strongly and relentlessly opposed to the so-called CPEC projects, as these are in Indian territory, which has been illegally occupied by Pakistan,” he said.

India’s sharp reaction comes after reports emerged that Pakistan and China expressed interest in joining the key CPEC initiative at the CPEC Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on International Cooperation and Coordination on Friday. Decided to welcome third countries.

“We have seen reports on encouraging third countries’ proposed participation in so-called CPEC projects. Any such action by any party directly violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Bagchi said.

CPEC was launched in 2013 to improve Pakistan’s road, rail and energy transport infrastructure, besides connecting the deep sea port of Gwadar with China’s Xinjiang province.

CPEC is part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

India has also been critical of the BRI, as it is part of the CPEC initiative.

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