US backs India on CPEC, says it crosses ''disputed'' territory : The Tribune India

US backs India on CPEC, says it crosses ''disputed'' territory

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration threw its weight behind India''s opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying it passed through a disputed territory.

US backs India on CPEC, says it crosses ''disputed'' territory

File photo of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center, attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, in May 13, 2017. AP/PTI

Washington, October 4

The Trump administration on Wednesday threw its weight behind India's opposition to the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying it passes through a disputed territory and no country should put itself into a position of dictating the Belt and Road initiative.

India skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the nearly USD 60 billion CPEC, a flagship project of China's prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Having returned from his maiden trip to India last week wherein he met his counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis today appeared to be a strong opponent of China's ambitious OBOR initiative.

"In a globalised world, there are many belts and many roads, and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating 'one belt, one road'," Mattis told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing.

"That said, the One Belt One Road also goes through disputed territory, and I think, that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate," Mattis said apparently referring to India's position on CPEC.

Mattis was responding to a question from Senator Charles Peters over OBOR and China's policy in this regard.

"The One Belt One Road strategy seeks to secure China's control over both the continental and the maritime interest, in their eventual hope of dominating Eurasia and exploiting natural resources there, things that are certainly at odds with US policy. So what role do you see China playing in Afghanistan, and particularly related to their One Belt One Road," Peter had asked. —PTI

Top News

Cop killed, CRPF personnel injured in militant attack in J-K’s Pulwama

Cop killed, CRPF jawan injured in militant attack in J-K’s Pulwama

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and politi...

Pak-based Lashkar-e-Toiba behind recent twin blasts in J-K’s Udhampur: Police

Pak-based Lashkar-e-Toiba behind recent twin blasts in J-K’s Udhampur: Police

Cops say case cracked within three days with the arrest of a...

Indonesia police say 129 people killed after stampede at soccer match

Indonesia authorities say 125 dead in soccer stadium stampede

Indonesia football association suspends league to investigat...

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav shifted to ICU in critical condition at Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital

Former Uttar Pradesh CM Mulayam Singh Yadav’s health deteriorates, shifted to ICU

Samajwadi Party patron is under treatment in Gurugram hospit...

Gangster Deepak Tinu involved in Sidhu Moosewala's killing escapes from Mansa CIA custody

Gangster Deepak Tinu involved in Sidhu Moosewala's murder flees Mansa CIA custody; SSP says probe on

DGP dismisses Mansa CIA Incharge, FIR registered against err...


Cities

View All