India on Sunday raised with China its planned economic corridor with Pakistan that runs through PoK, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi telling Chinese President Xi Jinping that the two sides should be “sensitive” to each other’s strategic interests.
Asserting that fight against terror should not be motivated by political considerations, Modi said it was of “paramount importance that we respect each other’s aspirations, concerns and strategic interests” to ensure durable bilateral ties.
In his meeting with Xi ahead of the G20 summit, Modi conveyed India’s concerns over the $46-billion China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Besides a host of energy projects, the Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies to lay rail tracks, roads and pipelines to ferry oil and gas from Gwadar port in Pakistan’s south to Kashghar in Xinjiang in China’s northwest.
India has opposed the project as it claims Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK, which New Delhi says are occupied territories.
To a question if the terrorism emanating from the CPEC region was discussed, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters the issue was raised during the meeting.
Modi said both India and China need to be “sensitive” to each other’s strategic interests and called for specific actions to “prevent growth of negative perception”.
“In order to promote positive convergence, we would also need to prevent growth of negative perception. For this, the specific actions by both countries would play the major role,” Swarup quoted Modi as saying.
On his part, Xi said China was willing to work with India to boost bilateral cooperation. “China is willing to work with India to maintain their hard-won sound relations and further advance their cooperation,” state-run Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying.