China-Pakistan economic corridor unacceptable to India: Shivshankar Menon
Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Adviser (Source: File Photo)
THE CHINA-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as it stands today, is not acceptable to India, Shivshankar Menon, a former National Security Adviser to the Government of India, said on Friday. “The sovereignty aspect of the CPEC, as proposed now, is unacceptable to us,” Menon said during a conference on The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): India’s perspectives on China’s ambitious plan. The former diplomat’s statement comes at a time when China has made a fresh attempt at inviting India’s interest in President Xi Jinping’s pet project, the BRI, of which CPEC is a part.
On March 4, Chinese diplomat Fu Ying asked India to reconsider its position on the BRI keeping in mind the “larger picture”. India has been wary of the CPEC as a part of it passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. “For India, there is an added contradiction that the CPEC passes through Indian territory under Pakistani occupation,” Menon said. By making “long-term financial investment in the initiative”, he said, China seems to “solidify and legitimise that occupation”, Menon said at the conference held in Mumbai by the Observer Research Foundation.
The conference was held to deliberate India’s position on the BRI ahead of China’s first international forum in May. Several economists, diplomats and mediapersons participated in panel discussions. While Menon acknowledged the economic benefits of the trans-continental initiative that connects 60 countries in Asia and Europe, he said that not all projects under the BRI were for economic justification, including the CPEC.
“Not all projects under the BRI are economically viable, which suggests that there is geo-strategic motivation involved,” he said, adding that most parts of the BRI passed through some of the “most insecure” regions. Menon, however, stressed that India would be more willing to join the BRI if it were more comfortable about the security in the regions concerned and the geopolitical context within which BRI is proposed
Apr 22, 2017 at 9:30 am
True. If China allows Indian control of that sector and allow Indian territory to reach xijiang and Afghanistan, India will w heartedly support the CPEC. This action of China will help it to isolate its internal terror groups from external connection. Also a China friendly India that shares ethos of Buddha with Northern Buddhism in China can then even offer China other easier routes that are totally free from internal Chinese terror groups. This will mean lasting peace on the entire silk route and re-establishment of old Chinese Buddhist connections with India.
Apr 22, 2017 at 9:22 am
Why India feel threaten. None of the highway is close to indian border. Being a large and strong country why and what is the problem? Eonomically strong and stable neighbour is not better. Or it's just hate.
Apr 22, 2017 at 7:27 am
China is finding that the project is useless. India will not buy any Chinese goods coming out of this project, so there is limited market except stan and ME. The cost is going up, so the Chinese want someone else to underwrite it and face the risk. INDIA WOULD NEVER JOIN CPEC or One Bi One Ran Project either.
Apr 22, 2017 at 9:26 am
No one cares, what hindus crooks of hindrastan india think, stay out and lose, stan has no desire to allow material to be exported, thruth stan, to Europe of central Asia. Do not worry, no one will ask second time,
Apr 22, 2017 at 9:59 am
Chinese military will enter stan and Baluchistan will be a military base of china.as of china China is going to help stani muslim.first see the condition in china where Muslims are not allowed to pray and do their customs .Its said in hindi do bander ki ladai Mai dusra maje le a.you ll be losing your land .China is a silent killer