UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3849
TO BE ANSWERED ON 06.04.2017
CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR
3849. SHRI RANJIB BISWAL:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether the Chinese media has suggested that India should join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which goes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK);
(b) if so, the details thereof and the reaction of Government thereto;
(c) whether Government would clearly ask the Government of China not to go ahead with the construction of this corridor as it passes through Indian territory which is forcibly occupied by Pakistan;
(d) if so, the details thereof and the if not, the reasons therefor; and
(e) the stand of Government in this regard?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]
(a) to (e) Government has seen such reports which reflect lack of understanding and appreciation of India’s concerns on the issue of sovereignty. Government’s position on the so-called "China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” (CPEC) has been consistently conveyed to the Chinese side. It has been pointed out to them that Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of parts of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir since 1947. Government has conveyed to the Chinese side, including at the highest level, its concerns about their activities in PoK and asked them to cease these activities.