China defends projects in PoK, opposes India's oil exploration in South China Sea

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Beijing: China has defended its investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly objected to during his visit to that country last month. Beijing has also virtually rejected PM Modi’s push to clarify the Line of Actual Control or LAC.

Beijing today said it prefers a pact with India on a code of conduct to maintain peace along the border rather than clarification of the LAC proposed by PM Modi. Deputy Director General of the Asian Affairs at the Foreign Ministry Huang Xilian, outlining China’s first public reaction to PM Modi’s proposal, said both sides should try to reach an agreement on the code of conduct, as attempts to clarify mutual positions on the LAC had “encountered difficulties” in the past.

“If we find that the clarification of the LAC is a building block, then we should go ahead. But if we find that it is a stumbling block, it could complicate the situation further. We have to be careful,” Mr Huang, the ministry’s point man for India, told an Indian media delegation.

He also said that while China is opposed to India’s oil exploration in the South China Sea because it is a disputed area, it regards its ambitious USD 46 billion economic corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK a “livelihood project” with issues left over from history.