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Beijing must pay attention to India's CPEC concern, says Chinese scholar

CPEC has emerged as one of the sore points between two neighbouring countries

IANS  |  Beijing 

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must pay attention to India's concerns over the China-Economic Corridor (CPEC), a top Chinese scholar said on Thursday, adding that Beijing could not do much because of Pakistan's unwillingness to sort out the issue.

Wang Yiwei, Professor in the School of Studies at the Renmin University of China, however, said it was "first and foremost" for to help its "iron friend"

Wang also lamented that was among the countries, which attacked China's Belt and Road Project.

"We must pay attention to India's concerns about the We are inviting to take part in it," Wang said in an interaction with journalists.

"We are ready to discuss it, but is not willing to do that. The project goes through Pakistan's region. This is what tells us."

However, Wang made clear China's strong resolve to build the $46 billion CPEC, which goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. New Delhi claims the region as its own.

Calling it a great project with a strategic importance, Wang said: "and are iron friends. So first and foremost, we need to the help our iron friend."

Wang said need not worry and be suspicious over the multi-billion dollar project, which links China's Kashgar with Pakistan's Gwadar port.

is one of the six key corridors of the Chinese Belt and Road project, which envisages linking Asia with Europe.

is opposed to the because the planned route passes through disputed Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

It's because of this that is unlikely to attend China's Belt and Road conference in Beijing later this month.

said heads of 28 states have confirmed their participation at the event.

has emerged as one of the sore points between and China, who have a long-standing border dispute.

Last year at in China, Prime Minister had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping about India's concerns about the corridor.

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