CPEC violates Indian sovereignty

India has expressed strong opposition to the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which is the key to Beijing's ambitious `One-Belt, One-Road' initiative. “The CPEC passing through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir challenges Indian sovereignty ,“ said the defence ministry, in its annual report submitted to Parliament. In the past too, India has criticised the Chinese funded CPEC, which links China's Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province to the Gwadar deep-sea port in Pakistan, because it passes through Gilgit Baltistan in PoK, which New Delhi considers its own territory .

During the G-20 summit at Hangzhou in September last year, PM Narendra Modi had expressed India's concerns over the CPEC in his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, holding that the two countries needed to be “sensitive“ to each other's strategic interests.

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