Experts discuss legal, economic and environmental impacts of CPEC

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London, Dec 17 (ANI): A group of experts including noted environmentalist gathered in London to discuss the legal, geopolitical, economic and environmental impacts of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The event at Royal Asiatic Society in London was organized by European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), a think tank based in Amsterdam. Junaid Qureshi highlighted the legal aspect of CPEC corridor, as it passes through disputed territory of Gilgit Baltistan. Dr Shabir Choudhry, an activist from Pakistan occupied Kashmir said the CPEC, besides its economic aspect, has salient parts which are hidden and will have great geo-political and strategic significance and which could be interpreted as having a strong imperialist agenda. He stated further that Pakistan's ruling elite has a long history of taking dictations from powerful allies. Dr Troy Sternberg, an environmentalist from the Oxford University, said the landscape, where the construction of the CPEC is proposed, will be one of the main challenges for the Chinese multi-billion dollar project as one has to deal with physical limitations. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a crucial component of Beijing much-hyped One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, remains a hot topic internationally.

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