CPEC may further ignite India-Pakistan tension: UN report

A UN report has stated concerns that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may create more tension between India and Pakistan.

The report titled ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Role of Escap’ was released by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) at China’s request.

The report considers the Pakistan-India dispute over Kashmir as a source of concern, stating CPEC might create “geopolitical tensions with India and ignite further political instability.”

The report also points out other social and environmental safeguards as a concern to CPEC. It states there could be displacement of local communities due to the corridor. “In Balochistan there are concerns that migrants from other regions of Pakistan will render ethnic Baloch a minority in the province.”

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