It also sought to play down the reported cancellation of Chinese-funded dam and hydropower projects by Pakistan and Nepal, respectively.
A report in an Indian newspaper cited India’s Foreign Affairs Ministry’s study that due to Beijing’s “unacceptable conditions”, its trillion-dollar Belt and Road programme was “facing a push back” from Islamabad and Kathmandu that have pulled the plug on Chinese-funded projects.
Beijing’s ally Pakistan scrapped Diamer-Bhasha dam, while Nepal junked the 750-MW West Seti hydropower project.
“The information about the above-mentioned project reported by the media is false,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.
“The dam project was not included in the Belt and Road initiative and the hydropower plant in Nepal is still in negotiation.
“As to the blacklisting of China Harbour Engineering company is also false,” Hua said, referring to the reported charges against the firm for bribing government officials in Bangladesh.
In 2018, Islamabad slashed the budget for a major…
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