India must make peace with Sino-Pakistan corridor through PoK: Chinese media

China will not give up building the economic corridor with Pakistan through a disputed area in Kashmir simply because India has problems with it, state media said on Tuesday, indicating that New Delhi has no option but to keep an open mind towards the project.
In fact, the economic corridor project will help build infrastructure in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and by building the same in Kashmir (which China calls India-Controlled-Kashmir) help economic integration of the region. The state media opinion piece indicated China because of its economic prowess and presence in the region could play a role in resolving the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through PoK and India has repeatedly raised objections about the $46 billion project with Beijing because of the route. The ambitious project, which is part of President Xi Jinping’s grand Belt and
Road Initiative (BRI) connects
the restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) with the Gwadar port in southwestern Pakistan.
One of China’s objectives behind the project is to get access to the sea route off Gwadar port, which it also build for Pakistan.
Last week, external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj repeated the objections with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during their meeting in New Delhi.
But for sections of the state-controlled media in China, like the nationalistic tabloid, Global Times, India’s objections clearly mean nothing – and possibly it echoes views within the decision-making sections of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
It is “regrettable” to see that CPEC has become another “unharmonious” factor in Sino-India ties, the newspaper said in an opinion piece on Tuesday.
But “unharmonious” factor or no, China will continue with the project, the Global Time said, adding: “…but China is unlikely to give up on the idea of CPEC because of India’s protest.”
“Given that China has
developed close economic ties with both India and Pakistan in recent years, Beijing is unlikely to be interested in taking a side between the two countries.”
The opinion piece did not mention that China and Pakistan are “all-weather” allies Beijing and Islamabad enjoy more-than cosy ties.
Last month, the two countries began joint patrolling of the PoK border, which China considers its border with Pakistan.

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