China: Ready to hold talks with India to resolve differences over CPEC
has said that it is ready to hold talks with India to resolve differences over
the 50 billion US Dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that passes through
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, days after India's envoy in Beijing said the issue
should not be swept under the carpet. India has objected to the CPEC - which is the biggest project of the Belt and
Road Initiative - as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and has
become a contentious issue in India-China relations.
Asked about Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale's interview to
state-run Global Times in which he had said that the differences over CPEC
should not be brushed aside, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying
said China is willing to hold talks with India in this regard. In his interview last week, Bambawale had said CPEC passes through
Indian-claimed territory and hence violates their territorial integrity. China
in the past also evinced interest to resolve it through talks and even its
envoy in New Delhi has said Beijing is willing to change the project's name to
make it more acceptable to India.