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China today dismissed a top Pakistani Army General's allegation that India has established a special intelligence cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the strategic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying it does not have any such report.
Chairman of Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mehmood Hayat on November 14 said had accused India of stoking "chaos and anarchy" in the region.
He alleged that Indians external intelligence agency RAW has established a special cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the CPEC. He also accused India of fanning terrorism in the restive province of Balochistan.
"We have no such relevant reports," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a media briefing when asked about the allegation.
Chinas rebuff over the allegation against India is significant considering that Beijing and Islamabad regard themselves as "iron brothers" sharing "all-weather ties".
Also in an apparent reference to India's objections over the CPEC traversing through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Lu said, "We hope that CPEC could win more recognition and support from regional countries and the international community".
Pakistans top officials have been accusing RAW of sabotaging the CPEC as the Pakistani security forces had to battle numerous attacks by the Balochistan nationalist forces as well as the Islamic State in Balochistan province.
Lu said the CPEC is new type cooperation framework built by China and Pakistan for long term cooperation development.
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