US Defence Secretary Matisse’s recent remarks, that the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passed through disputed territory”, interpreted by the Indian media as support for the Indian standpoint, were strongly refuted by Pakistan. In the last two days, Pakistani circles from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Commission, from experts to the media, have all been vocal in criticizing Matisse’s argument as being without any factual basis, and emphasizing that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project was intended to bring prosperity, development and connectivity benefits to the region and beyond. Pakistan Times of the 8th pointed out that not long after US support for India, India’s neighbor and ally, Bangladesh has expressed its support for China’s” One-Belt-One-Road” initiative. Its Foreign Minister Haq, told the World Economic Forum in India that Bangladesh is straining hard to balance Sino-Indian relations without forgetting geopolitical and economic interests. But the result of its discussions with its countrymen was that Bangladesh needed connectivity.
The international community should pay more attention to the atrocities and human rights violations of the Indian Army in the Kashmir region, rather than faulting the Sino-Pakistani economic corridor. The Chinese government has repeatedly reiterated that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an economic cooperation initiative that is not directed at third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty. It will not affect China’s stance on the Kashmir issue. The Kashmir issue should be properly negotiated by India and Pakistan through dialogue and consultation.
…….. He reminded the United States how former President Barack Obama had opposed the Asian investment bank but eventually failed.