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China to push Silk Road projects after UNSC endorsement

China's official assertion comes notwithstanding India's sovereignty concerns in PoK

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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has said it will give a global push to its ambitious initiative after a (UNSC) resolution called for its implementation by member states, notwithstanding India's sovereignty concerns in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

China's official assertion came as the state media here asked to adopt a "more pragmatic" approach towards the initiative, claiming global support for President Xi Jinping's pet project whose stated aim is to link with Euro-through a maze of connecting rail, road and port projects.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters here yesterday that in the Resolution 2344 unanimously adopted by the 15-member on March 17, the concept of building a community of shared future for mankind was incorporated for the first time, reflecting global consensus over the project.

"The resolution urged all parties to further advance the Belt and Road Initiative and raised specific requirements on strengthening security safeguards," Hua said.

"would like to work with UN members to actively move forward the building of the Belt and Road Initiative following the Security Council resolution and jointly build a community of shared future for mankind that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, common prosperity, openness and inclusiveness, cleanness and beauty," she said.

The resolution called for strengthening economic cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours through Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-gas pipeline and project between Afghanistan, and Iran, and China's and Maritime initiatives.

The multi-billion 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is the official name of the Silk Road or the Belt and Road project.

It includes the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road to connect China with ports across the world as well as the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — which passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir — and the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic (BCIM) corridor.

While the work on is rapidly progressing, there isn't any official update yet on the rest of the projects.

India has protested to China over the — which connects western China's restive Xinjiang region with Pakistan's southern port of Gwadar through the — and has reservations over the Maritime Silk Road as it impacts the Indian Ocean which is vital to India's security interests.

However, New Delhi has backed the BCIM and is actively supporting it, according to Indian officials.

The official Chinese media says the inclusion of the in the resolution is an endorsement of the initiative by the world body.

"Despite concerns from India, broader support has been given to the from the community," said an article in the ruling Communist Party-run Global Times.

First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 16:08 IST