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Chinese offer to rename CPEC if India joins OBOR could be in play again

Beijing appears to be keen on negotiating with New Delhi but does not want to offend key ally Islamabad

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China-Pak Economic Corridor map (Courtesy: Dawn)

Bhaswar Kumar New Delhi
Beijing's offer to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to address India's concerns over the project if New Delhi joins Chinese President Xi Jinping's centrepiece One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative might be on the table again, months after China's ambassador to India made the suggestion, which was subsequently retracted according to reports. 

The Times of India reported on Friday that upon being asked about Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui's remarks on renaming CPEC, the Chinese foreign ministry on Thursday neither endorsed nor refuted Luo's statement. According to the national daily, this suggests that Beijing has given Lou the

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First Published: Nov 24 2017 | 12:42 PM IST

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