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China and Pakistan are selling dreams and illusion in the name of CPEC: Niti Aayog

 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor will benefit only five per cent of the Pakistani elites but both the countries are selling dreams and illusions in the name of corridor, Vice Chairman of Niti Ayog Dr Rajiv Kumar said

Pakistan, is successfully leveraging its relationship with China like they leveraged relationship with US in 1980’s to its best, with the sole aim to counter India and it continues to be so.

The corridor will have no impact on India, as it is not an Indian problem or issue, but a wonderful Chinese ambition of which Pakistan has decided to become a client state and transit route for Chinese goods.

Kumar was speaking on sidelines of a function in Srinagar ‘Role of Youth and Economy of J&K’ organized by Organization Bureau of Research on Industries and Economic Fundamentals last week

Fond hope has been created of tremendous multiplier effect due to the Corridor and Chinese Investors and traders are going to set up units there. But that is not going to happen on the ground Kumar said adding, “This is a dream and sort of illusion that is being sold. This is part of Border Road Initiative and China's century old ambition of getting access to warm waters of Arabian Sea and has succeeded in that.”

Kumar says that this is wonderful Chinese ambition as it has always aspired to be the middle kingdom to which whole world should come and pay obeisance. “Pakistanis have agreed to this. We are still, at best, thinking about it. I hope we don’t have to do it.”

Pakistani rulers have tied themselves with china in such a way which is not going to be good for people of Pakistan. Pakistani people are not very close to and have no traditional or cultural relationship with China,” said Kumar adding, The Corridor is a decision by a small elite for their own benefit as has been the case always. The driving force is not their love for china, but a smart design to counter India and amplify geostrategic power.”

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