WASHINGTON, 7 October: Supporting India’s claims, the US administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory.
However, Chairman China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Parliamentary Committee Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has strongly rejected US objections on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’, in which CPEC is flagship project.
The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakistan’s northern areas, which India claims is part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territory.
“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 Defence Secretary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
According to media reports, Secretary Mattis and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford appeared before the Senate and House armed services panel earlier this week to brief US lawmakers on the current situation in the Pak-Afghan region.
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.