CPEC Project: India has once again clarified that the entire Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are its integral part and no other country should be associated with the projects passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). It is a matter related to its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said this in the weekly press briefing when asked on this subject.
Arindam Bagchi said that the Ministry of External Affairs has issued a statement on this subject recently, saying that it has seen reports of encouraging other countries’ proposed participation in projects related to the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). . Such activities are “inherently illegal, unfair and unacceptable” under the CPEC. Bagchi said that any such step by any party in this regard is a direct violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
Other countries should stay away from CPEC
He said that we have already been objecting to any such activity in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The spokesman said that we say that no third country should join it, because we are already warning that it is a matter of our sovereignty. Bagchi said that what we want to say is completely clear. Asked what action will be taken if a country is joined, he said that he does not want to speculate about it. It may be noted that the third meeting of the Joint Working Group on International Cooperation and Coordination of CPEC was held on Friday through digital medium. During this, China and Pakistan also invited other countries interested in being part of the economic corridor to join it.
India’s protest on CPEC
This economic corridor (CPEC) started in the year 2013 is going to connect Pakistan’s Gwadar port with Kashgar located in the Xinjiang region of China. Through this, both the countries will cooperate in energy, transport and industrial. India has been opposing it due to the passage of this corridor through PoK. CPEC is part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India has been a strong critic of BRI, as CPEC is a part of it.