In-House Meeting with Chinese Delegation from IISS

A six-member delegation led by Professor Wang Jisi, President, Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IISS), Peking University visited the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on September 26, 2016. Other members of the delegation included: Mr. Gui Yongtao, Assistant to the President IISS,; Ms. Qian Xuemei, Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations, Peking University; Ms. Li Qingyan, Research Assistant, IISS; Mr. Wang Zhu, Deputy Director, Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Tang Xin, Second Secretary, Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation was accompanied by Mr. Zhou Lijian, DCM, Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Islamabad and Mr. Meijing, Second Secretary at the Embassy.

Acting Director General, Mr. Najam Rafique, welcomed the delegation and said that the  China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not just of importance to Pakistan,  but to China as well. The corridor, he said is also  becoming a concern to some countries, particularly the United States  and its allies, particularly India, and recently Afghanistan.  The latter has raised concerns and threatening to deny access to Pakistan to the Central Asian gas pipelines. Also, at the behest of India, they have also recently raised the border issue. Moreover,  India, in order to sabotage CPEC has raised the issue of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), which is the land corridor between Pakistan and China, as being part of Kashmir and is issuing new maps that show the whole GB  region as a part of the disputed territory of Kashmir.

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