China-Pakistan Economic Corridor 

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Topic :  GS Paper 2 - Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a collection of infrastructure projects worth around $46 billion meant to deepen economic ties between China and Pakistan. The CPEC will connect China's largest province Xinjiang with Pakistan's Gwadar port in Balochistan.

CPEC is the part of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China. The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic co-operation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes.

India’s stand on CPEC:

New Delhi sent a clear message to Beijing that it doesn’t support CPEC. India registered its protest by boycotting the high-profile Belt and Road Forum organised by China.

Its principal objection was that CPEC passed through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The so-called ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.