China proposes alternative routes for CPEC via J&K, Nepal

China proposes alternative routes for CPEC via J&K, Nepal
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Srinagar: China may consider alternative routes through Jammu and Kashmir to address India’s concerns regarding the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK), The Hindu has reported.
As per the report in an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students, Beijing’s envoy Luo Zhaohui has suggested the alternative routes, and said he was keen on accomplishing a bilateral friendship and trade treaty during his stint in India.
“We can change the name of CPEC [China Pakistan Economic Corridor]. Create an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir, Nathu La pass or Nepal to deal with India’s concerns,” the report said quoting the envoy in a speech at the Centre for Chinese and South-East Asian Studies in the School of Language, JNU, on Friday.
The Ambassador made a detailed presentation of the expectations on both sides and said that while the Dalai Lama’s presence and activities remain an issue for China, Beijing recognised that India’s expectations on the CPEC and Masood Azhar were also issues that both sides need to be deal with.

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