- China says India must back CPEC as it backs business links with Taiwan
- The CPEC project passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
- China claims CPEC won’t “affect status quo of Kashmir dispute”
Beijing: India should be “more pragmatic and flexible” to support the multi-billion dollar CPEC project which India has objected to since it runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as China backs business links between Taiwan and India, a state-run media said today.
“The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) won’t affect the status quo of Kashmir dispute” as China has stated that it should be resolved between India and Pakistan, an article in the state-run Global Times said.
The project is an economic plan set to connect China and Pakistan and advance Pakistan’s economy and improve the lives of its people, the paper said, adding the investment from Chinese firms and their participation in some architectural construction won’t affect the situation of Kashmir either.
“Just like the Taiwan question, Beijing doesn’t object any economic links between Taiwan and other countries including India because economic activities won’t alter China’s sovereignty over the island,” it said.
“Hence, India should be flexible and pragmatic, and be more open to economic activities in the Kashmir region conducted by Chinese companies,” it said.
“The CPEC, however, will boost the economic development in the region, bringing jobs and improving the quality of life,” the paper said, adding that the project can be extended to Jammu and Kashmir, if India allows, and benefit the Indian people as well as regional stability.
India has protested over the CPEC project as it passes through PoK. China defends the project, saying it is a development-oriented project aimed at improving lives of the local people and it makes no difference to Beijing’s stand on the Kashmir issue.