India continues to oppose China-Pak economic corridor

Asked about the persisting differences on India's entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group and its bid to sanction the Pakistani terrorist Masood Azhar at the UNSC sanctions committee, Hua reiterated that China did not see them as "bilateral issues", but added that it was Beijing's desire to "resolve these differences through friendly consultation instead of pointing fingers at each other and accusing the other of neglecting their core interests". He also added that both the countries should be sensitive on matters relating to sovereignty.

In response to question on Mr. Modi's observation that only by respecting the sovereignty of the countries could regional connectivity corridors fulfil their promise, Ms. Hua said: "In his remarks, Mr. Modi did not directly mention the CPEC".

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

Talking about India's relations with both US and Russia, he said that India's relations with both the countries were on an upswing and an improvement in US-Russia ties was not against Indian interests.

The foreign secretary further said: "With China, the overall broadening of ties, specially in business and people-to-people contacts, has been overshadowed by differences on certain political issues". He said China's power and its expression remain a dynamic factor in Asia.

Calling terrorism the most "pervasive and serious" threat to global security, Jaishankar rued lack of coherence in dealing with the menace, stressing on the need to reform the United Nations so that it could deal with major challenges effectively, an oblique hint at India's disappointment over China blocking the sanctioning of JeM chief Masood Azhar.

"The CPEC passes through an area that we see as territory of India and illegally occupied by Pakistan", said Jaishankar. "It is also our expectation that the current level of enthusiasm among members of Bimstec can be channelled towards more far-reaching initiatives".

The minister further said that utmost transparency was being ensured in all projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. "We established early contact with the Trump transition team and see a strong convergence of interests and concerns".

During the interactive session, Jaishankar touched upon a vast array of subjects concerning global relations, but his major focus was China and how the role of "plurilaterals" in India's foreign policy has grown steadily in the last few years. "India's membership of NSG will improve the non-proliferation regime", he said.

About China blocking India's efforts to get Azhar banned, she said: "The technical hold is to uphold the effectiveness of the committee and show some respect to the rules of procedure of the committee".

On the South China Sea dispute, Jaishankar said India's position was "consistent" and "in tune with what global position". Exasperated with the UN, Jaishankar described the body as an "absurdity".

Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) is responsible for developing the official website of CPEC, in coordination with China Radio International (CRI). "We will continue to invest more energy into this account in 2017", Jaishankar said.

"More dangers than convenience are perceived from connectivity".

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