China caught in a corridor of uncertainty

Background: China-Pakistan relations, Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK), China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

  • China’s comments after the Uri attack amount to Beijing’s admission of deep strategic interest in the Kashmir region.
  • Describing the attack as shocking, China’s Foreign Ministry expressed sympathy for the victims and asked for relevant parties to create a favourable environment which will secure CPEC which passes through PoK.
  • China is unable to appreciate India’s concerns about constructing important projects in PoK that is historically part of India. Beijing is following a contradictory policy by declaring that the CPEC should be safe while not doing more to stop terror strikes that originate from Pak to attack Afghanistan and India.
  • China had said that CPEC which passes through PoK is aimed at bringing development to the entire South Asia region.

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