Beijing: China has said that its position on Kashmir is “clear cut—the issue is a legacy issue from history,” as it brushed aside India’s concerns about the proposed Paki-China Economic Corridor.
“It is an item on the agenda,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing while answering a question on India’s concerns about the 2,000-km China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
“On India’s concerns, I understand it is about the Kashmir issue. China’s position on this issue is clear cut. The Kashmir issue is a legacy issue from history,” she said according to a report published by a section of India media.
“We hope the two sides (India and Pakistan) will follow the spirit of peace, appropriately deal with (the issue through) dialogue and consultation,” Hua said. “May be you have known, the vision of the economic corridor is a very important agreement between the two leaders.”
The corridor “will benefit hundreds of millions of people” and “enjoys huge potential for development”, she said, defending China’s decision to go ahead with the project.
The corridor will link China’s Muslim Uygur-majority Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar port to provide road access to the Arabian Sea.
“It also likely to become a new highlight of bilateral cooperation. It not only benefits our two countries but also enhances connectivity between South Asia and East Asia,” Hua said. The project will set a good example for regional cooperation, she added.