Pakistan foiled all conspiracies against CPEC: minister

There has been some noted chill in Sino-India relations following China's opposition to India's bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership.

"I think we need to try to understand from the other party's position".

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said issues like the NSG membership or Masood Azhar should not become "stumbling blocks" in developing ties with India.

Ms. Hua praised the "strong leadership of the two countries" for expanding the cooperation between China and India.

She said China wants a non-discriminatory agreement that is applicable to all the parties after which "we can discuss specific cases of application".

The strong assertion was made by Jacques Audibert, the diplomatic adviser to French President Francois Hollande, weeks after China blocked India's move to get the mastermind of the Pathankot attack banned by the United Nations.

Later talking to media, Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC will give impetus to industrialization in Pakistan and help flourish country's business. And this issue will be resolved when all parties reach consensus.

Talking about geopolitical issues, he said the world in 2017 is marked by "unevenness, possibilities and uncertainties" and that the USA seemed ready to change the terms of its engagement with the world.

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"This (Azhar) issue will be resolved when all parties involved reach consensus".

While India has raised the issue of CPEC at various levels, including at the highest level with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit in Goa last October, Jaishankar's comments were the most critical so far.

India has already initiated preliminary discussions with several member countries of the Sanctions Committee of the U.N. Security Council on bringing back the proposal to ban Azhar.

"For the listing matter (in) 1267 committee our technical hold is to uphold the effectiveness of the committee".

Addressing the Raisina Dialogue, foreign secretary S Jaishankar said Beijing had so far refused to show any consideration for India's sovereignty. "We have been following these rules in maintaining contact with other countries", she said. "An improvement in US-Russia ties is, therefore, not against Indian interests". "It is very important to keep our cooperation growing in a sound and stable way. It will benefit the region and whole world and serve the common interests of the two sides", Hua said.

This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the same forum, told China that "both our countries need to show sensitivity and respect for each other's core concerns and interests".

The Planning Commission has formally launched the official website of 54 billion dollars mega project Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (CPEC).

"In his remarks PM Modi did not directly mention the CPEC".

  • Toni Ryan