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BBC Chinese: One Belt One Road Challenged in the Kashmir Crisis

BBC Chinese recently reported that, due to the constitutional status change of Indian-controlled Kashmir, that region has been under military lockdown with nearly no public communication. The flagship project under China’s One Belt One Road initiative, namely the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor, is being challenged as well. The local residents of Indian-controlled Kashmir were strongly against the move and the unstable situation immediately impacts the interests of the neighboring countries – Pakistan and China. The geopolitical situation introduced uncertainty to the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passes through Pakistani Kashmir. India is the only large country in South and Southeast Asia that refused to join the One Belt One Road initiative. The recent Indian move also touched a portion of the territory claimed by China. Some observers expressed their belief that part of India’s mission is to add pressure to China’s One Belt One Road expansion plan.

Source: BBC Chinese, August 12, 2019