A recent United Nations report has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) might create geopolitical tensions with India and ignite political instability.
According to the report, the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir is a matter of concern. The report, ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Role of Escap’ was prepared at China’s request and covers the six economic corridors spanning Asia, Europe and Africa under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The report was released by the UN`s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) .
CPEC holds the promise of closer trade, investment and energy cooperation between the two countries, as it creates alternative maritime trade routes for China and its trading partners, the report said.
Pertinently, India had recently refused an invitation to attend China`s ambitious One Belt One Road Summit held this month as opposed to the inclusion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the OBOR initiative as a part of the project passes through disputed Kashmir region.