SL backs India's concern over Kashmir in China's connectivity project

"You can not think of a belt and road without going over and close to India", he said. Meanwhile, Zhanwu said that India and Pakistan should resolve its dispute over Kashmir and it was irrelevant to link One Belt One Road (OBOR) with it."The China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) project is between China and Pakistan".

"I want to reiterate that we would like to follow the five principles of co-existence in developing friendly relations with other countries, including our efforts in promoting regional connectivity", Hua said, referring to the Panchsheel pact.

India has repeatedly indirectly criticized one of China's flagship policy programs in a move that could worsen bilateral ties between the Asian heavyweights.

"So I think in this way the concerns from the Indian side must be addressed".

"President Xi Jinping has emphasised connectivity". However, there were reports that Ministry of External Affairs had opposed it and the visit was postponed. "The joint Statement of the Prime Ministers of China and India issued on 28 June and the Joint Statement of the Prime Ministers of China and Burma issued on 29 June both affirmed that the Five Principles of Peaceful Existence as guiding principles in their bilateral relations and the Five Principles were formally proposed as the norms governing worldwide relations". "Once the regional problems are resolved, then India has to play big role in the initiative", he said adding that India anyway has to play big role.




Skirting questions on whether it is willing to rename the $ 50 billion CPEC traversing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, China on Thursday said it believes in the Panchsheel principles of "mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty".

Separately, a speech by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during the Asian Prime Ministers Conference in Colombo had also cited Panchsheel as the touchstone of peaceful global relations.

Acknowledging India's concerns, Zhanwu said Kashmir is a bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan and it's up to them to negotiate.

"Certain sections said that China is going to use this to encircle India", Zhanwu said. Instead, increased number of visits of foreign leaders to Pakistan and Islamabad's active participation in a number of developmental, security and peace initiative is a clear testimony that world fully acknowledged the geo-strategic importance of Pakistan.

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