India Objects To China Projects In PoK

12 May 2015
The Daily Excelsior


New Delhi: India has strongly taken up the issue of Chinese decision to build infrastructural projects in the disputed territory of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today confirmed. The issue was raised through diplomatic channel here in New Delhi with the Chinese Ambassador and in Beijing by the Indian Ambassador. India's apprehension about Chinese projects in the disputed territory has came to fore today, just ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three day visit to China, starting from May 14. To a question whether India has raised its objection to the development, Mr Jaishankar said during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan last month, several infrastructural projects were signed between Islamabad and Beijing, that included projects in the PoK. 'We taken up the issue with the Chinese authorities in Delhi through diplomatic channel, that really as much I can say,' the Foreign Secretary said. After getting input from one of his official, Mr Jaishankar added, 'It was also taken up by our ambassador in Beijing.' The issue of Chinese projects in the PoK is also likely to figure during Modi-Xi summit meeting as well as delegation level talks between the Prime Ministers. China inked as many as 51 agreements with Pakistan, including the multi-billion dollar economic corridor through the PoK. President Xi Jinping unveiled the ambitious 3,000 km-long China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his visit to Islamabad. The strategic corridor regarded as the biggest connectivity project after Karakoram highway built in 1979 - will shorten the route for China's energy imports from the Middle East by about 12,000 km.The corridor will link China's far-western region to Pakistan's Gwadar deep-sea port on the Arabian Sea via PoK through a network of roads, railways, business zones, energy schemes and pipelines.The corridor will give China direct access to the Indian Ocean and beyond through land route.