Diplomatic faux-pas? China removes envoy’s offer of renaming CPEC from speech posted on official website
In a diplomatic embarrassment, China has removed the remarks of its envoy in India offering to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from the transcript of his speech posted on the Chinese embassy website.
Chinese ambassador to New Delhi Luo Zhaohui’s remarks that “Even we can think about renaming the CPEC” has been removed from his speech copy posted on the Chinese embassy website. Seeking to allay India’s concerns, ambassador Luo had offered to rename the CPEC which passes through Pakistan- occupied Kashmir, insisting it was an economic cooperation and connectivity enhancement project devoid of “sovereignty issues”.
He also pushed for New Delhi’s participation in the ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) project. Referring to the CPEC, which is part of OBOR, he said China has no intention to get involved in the sovereignty and territorial disputes between India and Pakistan and that the project is for promoting economic cooperation and connectivity in the region.
“It has no connections to or impact on sovereignty issues. Even we can think about renaming the CPEC. China and India have had successful experience of delinking sovereignty disputes from bilateral relations before,” he had said in closed-door address to a think-tank last Friday. Meanwhile in Beijing, China s …read more