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Pakistan-China Luxury Bus Service

  • 08 Nov 2018
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In spite of India's objection, Pakistan and China have launched a luxury bus service passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from Lahore (Pakistan) to Kashgar city (China's Xinjiang province).

  • It is part of an initiative to connect the two countries via road under the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

One Belt One Road (OBOR) and CPEC

  • OBOR is one of the major initiatives of China focusing on improving connectivity and cooperation connecting Asia to Europe and Africa.
  • It has two dimensions: Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB), a land route and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) an ocean route.
  • Launched in 2015, CPEC is one of the flagship projects of SREB. It provides rail-road connectivity between Gwadar in Balochistan, Pakistan to Xinjiang province of China and passes through PoK.
  • It is one of the largest bilateral initiatives between China and Pakistan with a budget of around $46 billion. CPEC is considered as a boon to struggling Pakistani Economy.

India’s Concern

  • CPEC passes through Indian Territory, thus interferes with India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  • There is a lack of transparency around the way the project is funded. It is considered as a part of Chinese policy of debt-equity swap.
  • It may disrupt and destroy Himalayan Ecology.
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