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China rejects US criticism of OBOR passing through PoK

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October 07, 2017 00:04

Claiming UN support for its controversial One Belt One Road initiative, China rejected US criticism saying the project has not changed its stand that the Kashmir issue should be resolved by India and Pakistan bilaterally.

"We have repeatedly reiterated that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an economic cooperation initiative that is not directed against third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes and does not affect China's principled stance on the Kashmir issue," the Chinese foreign ministry said. 

The ministry was responding to comments by US defence secretary Jim Mattis that the Belt and Road Initiative "also goes through disputed territory, and I think, that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate".

Rejecting criticism that it is dictating to the world through OBOR, the ministry said it is an "important international public product".

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