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SINCE the start of work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC) India has been quite vocal in opposing this Project and now the US has also thrown its weight behind India by stating that it too believes the Project passes through a dispute territory — a reference to Northern areas of Pakistan. The statement has come at a time when Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was in Washington and held series of talks with the US officials to ease the tense relations. The new US stance on CPEC is undoubtedly going to further strain the bilateral ties, as it is abundantly clear now that US envision a greater role for India in the region.
Both Pakistan and China were quick to snub the US statement saying the economic cooperative initiative is backed by the UN and several other countries of the world adding it is not directed against any third party. The US stance on CPEC is quite surprising as earlier this year the US officially participated in OBOR Summit in Beijing with its delegation led by the Special Assistant to President Donald Trump. This paradigm shift in policy might be an effort to appease the Indian side but this also clearly exposes Washington’s designs to contain China, which according to experts is on its course to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy in the coming years. The full operationalisation of Gwadar deep sea port, which is part of CPEC, will help China address threats faced by it at Malacca Strait and transport its products to different parts of the world without any threat or interruption. Therefore, opposition of the project by both Washington and New Delhi is understandable and hence both are throwing spanner in the works. The US stance that the CPEC passes through disputed territory is nothing but ridiculous as why the country did not make any reference to the disputed territory when its contractors were building Mangla Dam in Azad Kashmir following the 1960 Indus Water Treaty. As enemies of CPEC clearly stand exposed, both Pakistan and China need to counter their designs by speeding up work on completion of the multi billion dollars project. Both the countries also need to take on board Russia, which can be provided access through Gwadar to foil conspiracies against the connectivity project.