Do­val to Ob­ject to ChiPak Cor­ri­dor

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Ajit Do­val, dur­ing his strate­gic di­a­logue with China next week in Bei­jing, is ex­pected to ob­ject to China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor, or CPEC. The CPEC runs through Pak­istan-oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK). Even as Bei­jing claims this is purely a com­mer­cial project, In­dia be­lieves three di­vi­sions of the Chi­nese Army are sta­tioned in the PoK part of the CEPC, set­ting off alarm bells in New Delhi.

Do­val was likely to ob­ject to the $46-bil­lion­pro­ject,be­sidesChina’s veto in the UN against In­dia’s call to ban Pak­istan-based Jaish-eMo­ham­mad ter­ror­ist Ma­sood Azhar, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­op­ments in­di­cated. China is un­der­tak­ing sev­eral in­fras­truc­ture­pro­jectsinthePoK,in­clud­ing hy­del-power plants, that In­dia has ob­jected to in the past.

Do­val’s as­sert i o n s wo u l d comeinthe­back­drop of Pak Army Chief Gen Ra­heel Sharif ’s al­le­ga­tion that In­dia was seek­ing to un­der­mine Chi­nese in­vest­ments in the CPEC. “I must high­light that In­dia has openly chal­lenged this devel­op­ment ini­tia­tive,” Gen Sharif said at a con­fer­ence in Gwadar Port, a part of CPEC, on Mon­day.

De­spite at­tempts to sab­o­tage the CPEC, Gen Sharif said, the project would be­come op­er­a­tional soon and the first cargo ship­ment f rom China will reach the Gwadar deep sea­port this year. Sharif de­scribed the CPEC as a cor­ri­dor of peace and pros­per­ity and said it was a grand man­i­fes­ta­tion of the deep-rooted ties be­tween China and Pak­istan.

In­dia had made its ob­jec­tions clear to China, in­clud­ing be­fore PM Modi’s visit to Bei­jing last year, about con­struc­tion and in­vest­ment in the CPEC that runs through the PoK. But that ob­jec­tion did not make any im­pact o n e i t her Beij i ng o r Islamabad. Do­val will utilise the op­por­tu­nity to re­it­er­ate In­dia’s con­cerns amid re­ports of do­mes­tic ob­jec­tions within Pak­istan against the CPEC.

China is un­der­tak­ing sev­eral in­fra­struc­ture projects in the PoK, in­clud­ing hy­del-power plants, that In­dia has ob­jected to in past

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