In meeting with Pakistan, China says those who oppose Belt and Road Initiative will ‘never succeed’

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President Xi Jinping has said those opposing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will “never succeed” as the multi-billion dollar trade and transit projects are aimed at developing the region.
Xi made the remarks during a meeting on Wednesday with the visiting Pakistan Army chief, Gen Qamar Bajwa. The general’s trip came ahead of new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China in November.
Describing China and Pakistan as “iron friends”, Xi further said the militaries of the two countries should ensure the security of CPEC.
A statement issued by the Pakistani military’s media arm quoted Xi as saying that “those who oppose BRI or CPEC shall never succeed as this is an initiative of peace and development not only for China but for (the) region and beyond”.
“The two countries’ militaries should further deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields and at all levels, take resolute measures against terrorist forces, (and) make efforts to ensure the security of the CPEC,” Xi told Bajwa, according to a separate statement released by Beijing on Thursday.
The Pakistani statement also quoted Bajwa as saying BRI and CPEC are “destined to succeed despite all odds” and the Pakistan Army will “ensure security of CPEC at all costs”.
India has repeatedly objected to CPEC, a flagship project of Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying the trade and transit corridor violates its territorial integrity since it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Beijing has rejected these concerns, saying CPEC isn’t directed at any third party and doesn’t affect China’s position on Kashmir.