Beijing, May 9: Chi on Tuesday kept mum over its Indian envoy’s proposal to reme the Chi Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which runs through Pakistan-controlled Kashmir that is claimed by New Delhi. At a Sunday event organised by an Indian think tank in New Delhi, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said Beijing could think of reming CPEC to look into India’s concerns.
However, Luo’s comment “even we can think about reming the CPEC” on Monday evening appeared to have gone off the speech on the website of the Chinese embassy. “I have no more information to offer here,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said when asked about the developments. “According to my understanding, the Chinese embassy in India has released information about Luo Zhou’s attendance in revent activity.”
The Pakistani media reported that Islamabad had sought clarification from the Chinese embassy in Pakistan in the wake of Luo’s remark. The $46 billion CPEC connecting Chi’s Kashgar in Xinjiang with Pakistan’s Gwadar in Balochistan cuts through Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, claimed by India.
India has opposed the route, which is the most important corridor of Chi’s Belt and Road project. Asked whether Beijing was conveyed by New Delhi if it would attend the Belt and Road conference next week in Beijing, Geng said: “As far as I have learned, some scholars have registered to attend the high-level meeting of the Belt Road conference.
“As a host country, Chi warmly welcomes all the countries including India.” (IANS)