BEIJING: China on Thursday skirted a direct response to the reported proposal by its envoy’s to India to rename the CPEC to address New Delhi’s concerns and said the project does not affect China and Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir issue.
China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui during an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last week offered to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as build an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir.
India has raised concerns over the project as it passes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China’s restive Xinjiang region.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry responding to media queries about Luo’s remarks said: “The China-Pakistan economic corridor is a framework for cooperation focusing on the long- term development of cooperation in all fields.”