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US BACKS INDIA ON ‘ONE BELT ONE ROAD’, SAYS IT CROSSES ‘DISPUTED TERRITORY’


07 Oct 17/Saturday

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. “The One Belt, One Road also goes through disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate,” US Defense Sec­retary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Secretary Mattis said the US oppo­sed the One Belt, One Road policy in principle because in a globalised world, there were many belts and many roads, and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating One Belt, One Road.

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US support for India’s opposition to the Chinese project was first reflected in the joint statement issued by the two countries after PM Narendra Modi met with President Donald Trump earlier in June. India is the only South-Asian country not to be involved in China’s ambitious project to connect Asia, Africa and Europe through a maze of roads and waterways. The main reason behind India’s opposition towards the policy is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a part of OBOR and has projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The new US position on CPEC will further strain already tense relations between the US and Pakistan. The One Belt One Road strategy seeks to secure China’s control over both the continental and the maritime interest, in their eventual hope of dominating Eurasia and exploiting natural resources there things that are certainly at odds with US policy.

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