China said it is ready to hold talks with India to resolve differences over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), days after India’s envoy in Beijing said the issue should not be swept under the carpet.
India has objected to the CPEC – which is the biggest project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and has become a contentious issue in India-China relations.
Asked about Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale’s interview to state-run Global Times in which he had said that differences over CPEC should not be brushed aside, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China is willing to hold talks with India in this regard.
In his interview last week, Bambawale had said “CPEC passes through Indian-claimed territory and hence violates our territorial integrity. This is a major problem for us. We need to talk about it, not push it under the carpet”.
“I believe, the more we talk to each other, the easier it will become to resolve problems,” he said.
Reacting to the envoy’s comments, Hua said China is willing to hold talks with India on the issue.
“As to the differences between China and India, China stands ready to communicate and hold talks with India to seek a proper solution so that these differences will not affect our general national interests. This best serves the interests of the two countries,” she said.
China in the past also evinced interest to resolve it through talks and even its envoy in New Delhi has said Beijing is willing to change the project’s name to make it more acceptable to India.
Hua said any differences between India and China can be resolved with sincerity and mutual respect. The parties can seek proper solution for management of the differences, she said.
“We should not ask one party alone to solve this problem. We are willing to work with India to work with dialogue and communication for a better solution,” she said.
(With inputs from Agencies)