India not to be ‘over concerned’ about Pak corridor, Chinese assistant foreign minister

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BEIJING: Chinese assistant foreign minister Liu Jianchao on Friday asked India not be “over-concerned” about the proposed China-Pakistan economic corridor, which would connect Gwadar sea port with Xinjiang. He insisted it does not pass through any area, which India has territorial claims over.

“The project between China and Pakistan does not concern the relevant dispute between India and Pakistan. I do not think the Indian side should be over concerned about that,” Liu told reporters here ahead of president Xi Jinping’s two-day visit to Islamabad beginning Monday.

Liu said the corridor is much larger than mere investments because it involves deepening of China-Pakistan relationship.

He said funds for the corridor, which is China’s biggest project in a foreign country passing through the entire length of Pakistan, would not be sourced either from the upcoming Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) or the $40 billion Silk Road fund that Beijing recently created.

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