New Delhi, India has strongly opposed the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Ministry of External Affairs clearly stated that it has been strongly opposed to the so-called CPEC project. It is being built on Indian land illegally occupied by Pakistan. It is illegal, which cannot be allowed. In this project under construction between China and Pakistan, both countries have now invited third parties to participate. India has again expressed strong objection to this.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Tuesday strongly said that the CPEC project is basically illegal. He said that we have seen reports on encouraging the proposed participation of third countries in so called CPEC projects. Any such action by either party shall be deemed to be a direct infringement of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. India will behave only by treating it as illegal.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) July 26, 2022
China-Pakistan invite third party
The Ministry of External Affairs made this statement in view of reports that Pakistan and China have invited third countries to participate in the multi-billion dollar CPEC project. The move was taken last week at the third meeting of the CPEC’s Joint Working Group (JWG) on International Cooperation and Coordination (JWG-ICC).
This joint meeting of Pakistan and China on CPEC was held in a virtual way last week. CPEC was launched in 2015 with the intention of enhancing connectivity between Pakistan and China by building roads, energy projects and industrial areas in Pakistan.
Preparations to extend the corridor to Afghanistan
In fact, China and Pakistan are now considering the possibility of extending this famous economic corridor to Afghanistan. Pakistan and China have made a strategy in this regard. Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood met China’s special envoy on Afghanistan Yu Xiaoong in this regard.
“The two sides exchanged views on the political and security situation in Afghanistan, humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by Pakistan and China and other matters of mutual interest,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “In the context of regional connectivity, the two sides exchanged views on the expansion of CPEC in Afghanistan to promote economic development and prosperity,” the statement said.
Zabiullah Mujahid expressed his desire
Following the occupation of Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Islamic group Zabiullah Mujahid said that he wished to join the CPEC. This desire comes at a time when dozens of terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan are targeting CPEC projects worth billions.
China’s eyes on Afghanistan’s resources
Indeed, China’s eyes are on Afghanistan’s billion-dollar natural resources. Not only this, China now wants to reach other countries of Central Asia through Afghanistan. According to Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune, China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Yui Xiaoyong and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood held a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 26, 2022, 12:18 IST