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CPEC is not directed at India, says China

IANS  |  Beijing 

After skipped the Belt and Road forum over the China-Economic Corridor, on Monday said the transborder route "is not directed at any third parties".

also sought to ally India's fear of meddling in the Kashmir dispute through the planned road, saying the $46 billion project will not affect its position on the matter.

"We have noted the statement by the spokesperson of India's External Affairs Ministry. The China-Economic Corridor is an initiative on economic cooperation. It is not directed at any third parties, not relevant to disputes over territorial sovereignty and does not affect China's position on the Kashmir issue," China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

gave the two-day mega Belt and Road conference a miss, raising objection to the corridor which passes through Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-administered Kashmir that New Delhi claims as its own.

On the eve of the OBOR forum, Indian issued a statement saying it cannot "accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity".

is the key artery of China's Belt and Road project that aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa through a network of roads, railway lines and ports.

"Regarding the issue of Kashmir which the Indian side is concerned about, we have been stressing that the issue was left over from history between and Pakistan, and should be properly addressed by the two sides through consultation and negotiation."

maintains neutrality on the Kashmir dispute between India and

"President Xi Jinping also said that we should build the Belt and Road into a road for peace. All countries should respect each other's sovereignty, dignity and territorial integrity, each other's development paths and social systems, and each other's core interests and major concerns."

Meanwhile, a Chinese daily said India's absence at the summit was regrettable and called New Delhi as "nervous and anxious".



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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 19:40 IST