Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on December 27, 2017
Q: Not long ago, Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in India for the China-Russia-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, followed by the border talks in which various issues have been discussed. Were there any discussions about the CPEC over which India has repeatedly expressed its objections to it? Was there any discussion about resolving these differences?
A: As to the issues that came up in the recent high-level interactions between China and India, we released the readouts in a timely way. Be it the Meeting of Special Representatives on China-India Boundary Issue chaired by State Councilor Yang Jiechi in India or Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India, the messages sent out on these occasions are all positive. The two leaderships have grasped the importance of China-India relations from strategic and long-term perspectives. The two sides also share the same aspiration and view that it serves the common interests of the two countries and is conducive to regional peace and stability to maintain steady and healthy development of China-India relations. The two sides should make full use of the existing mechanisms to strengthen communication, enhance mutual trust, handle relevant differences on the basis of mutual respect and create conditions for the sound development of bilateral relations.
As regards the CPEC issue, we have stated our position multiple times. The CPEC does not target any third party. Instead, it is expected to bring benefit to a third party. It is an economic cooperation project and should not be politicized. It has nothing to do and is not supposed to have anything to do with the existing disputes in the region, including territorial disputes.