Tripartite summit: CPEC has no connection with existing territorial disputes in region, says China

BEIJING: China on Wednesday reiterated that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was an economic cooperation project and it should not be politicized as it had no connection with the existing disputes in the region.


“We have already expressed our position on many occasions on this issue and the economic corridor does not target at third parties and hopes to benefit entire region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson, Hua Chunying said during her regular briefing.

The spokesperson said that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his media interaction with porters yesterday had explained that the corridor was not aimed at third parties and hoped to benefit the entire region.

She said that the tripartite dialogue and cooperation were not targeted at any party other than the tripartite parties and should not be interfered with or influenced by any other country or power.

She said that as an important common neighbor of China and Pakistan, Afghanistan had an urgent desire to develop economy and improve people’s livelihood.

Hua Chunying said that the three parties agreed to jointly promote wider interconnection and interoperability under the framework of the “One Belt and One Road”.

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan were grateful to China for its positive efforts to promote their relations, strengthen dialogue, enhance mutual trust and carry out cooperation.

The positive significance of the dialogue between the three foreign ministers was obvious, she added. “We will continue to actively explore solutions to the hot issues with Chinese characteristics and play a constructive role in promoting the peaceful development of the region and the world,” she added.

To yet another question regarding Sino-India border talks, she said that both parties should make use of existing mechanisms to enhance communication and mutual trust and properly handle the differences based on the principle of mutual respect and create the conditions for the healthy development of bilateral relations.