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China's One Belt One Road: US backs India, says CPEC crosses disputed land

Jim Mattis said no country should put itself into a position of dictating the Belt and Road initiative

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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The Trump administration on Tuesday threw its weight behind India's opposition to the China- Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying it passes through a disputed territory and no country should put itself into a position of dictating the Belt and Road initiative.

skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the nearly $60 billion CPEC, a flagship project of China's prestigious (OBOR), which passes through Pakistan-occupied (PoK).

Having returned from his maiden trip to last week wherein he his counterpart and Prime Minister Modi, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis today appeared to be a strong opponent of China's ambitious initiative.

"In a globalised world, there are many belts and many roads, and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating 'one belt, one road'," Mattis told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing.

"That said, the also goes through a disputed territory, and I think, that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate," Mattis said apparently referring to India's position on

Mattis was responding to a question from Senator Charles Peters over and China's policy in this regard.

"The strategy seeks to secure China's control over both the continental and the maritime interest, in their eventual hope of dominating Eurasia and exploiting natural resources there, things that are certainly at odds with US policy. So what role do you see playing in Afghanistan, and particularly related to their One Belt One Road," Peter had asked.

First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 10:18 IST