Sri Lanka backs India's Stand on China-Pak Economic Corridor
India boycotted the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the US$ 50 billion CPEC, which goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Sri Lanka, which was a participant of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) conference in Beijing, on 16 May 2017, backed India’s concern about Kashmir. The two-day conference in Beijing brought together leaders from 29 countries.
Speaking to PTI, Sarath Amanugama, Sri Lanka's Minister on Special Assignment said, it is difficult for New Delhi to accept the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it goes through the heart of Indian interests. He also said, if it would have been some uncontested region, India would have negotiated its way out.
Amanugama accompanied Lankan Prime Minister Wickramasinghe to the two-day forum.
Earlier, India skipped the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the $ 50 billion CPEC project. India’s concern is that the project passed through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). India skipped the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the 50 billion dollars CPEC, which goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.