Geopolitical bias blinds India to benefits of cooperation with China: Chinese daily

"New Delhi is over-concerned about Beijing's intentions, and there are even critical voices in India against (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's China-friendly remarks," an op-ed article in the state-run Global Times said.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: June 7, 2017 2:31 pm
One Belt, One Road, OBOR, CPEC, China-Pakistan economic corridor, kashmir, sri lanka, india, kashmir, sri lanka-india, china-pakistan, india news, indian express The article said that Beijing’s infrastructure initiative aims to promote the global economy by enhancing regional connectivity and building cohesive trade networks, and does not target any third party. (Source: PTI)

Geopolitical bias is blinding India to benefits of cooperation with China, a state-run Chinese newspaper said today, underlining that the two sides can cooperate on projects that are not sensitive if historical issues cannot be immediately solved.

“New Delhi is over-concerned about Beijing’s intentions, and there are even critical voices in India against (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s China-friendly remarks,” an op-ed article in the state-run Global Times said.

It said India still views the bilateral relationship with China from the lens of geopolitics and regards Beijing as a strategic rival. Every time China reaches out to strengthen cooperation with countries regarded by India as within its sphere of influence, India worries the cooperation is deliberately targeting it, the article added.

“The reality is China’s expanding cooperation is driven by China’s economic growth. In fact, more and more Chinese enterprises are interested in investing in India. If New Delhi can understand China’s connectivity initiative from the perspective of regional development, this will help enhance mutual trust between the two countries,” it said.

The two sides can cooperate on projects that are not sensitive if historical issues cannot be immediately solved, it said, adding that the steady and sound development of bilateral relations will benefit not only the two countries and peoples, but also the region and beyond.

The article said that Beijing’s infrastructure initiative aims to promote the global economy by enhancing regional connectivity and building cohesive trade networks, and does not target any third party.

“An increasing number of countries welcome the Belt and Road initiative and are willing to hitch a ride on China’s rise,” it said.

India abstained from the last month’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing to highlight its concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and passes through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

“Strengthening mutual trust, a prerequisite to deepened cooperation, is a priority at present. More consultations are needed to handle border disputes, and Indian media outlets should avoid misinterpreting China’s regular activities,” it said criticising the Indian media coverage on China.

The Belt and Road (B&R) project initiated by China in 2013 is open and inclusive and any countries, including Japan and India, are welcome to join it, but that does not mean that China needs to agree to any requests they might have, another article in the the Global Times.

“China would be pleased to see Japan’s inclusion in the B&R initiative, but no concessions will be made by China on matters of principle to ingratiate Tokyo,” it said.

China’s B&R initiative has received more praise than ever from the international community as the project has proved its ability to boost local economies in countries like Pakistan, the article said.

“We are willing to see the initiative help build up a cooperation platform for countries along the route, but China does not need to beg any countries, Japan and India included, to join the initiative,” it said, noting that there are more than 60 countries covered in the initiative that represent over 60 per cent of the world’s population.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jun 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    It is up to China to change its stance and views and play an crucial role while dea with India and we are not expecting China as our Jalra Nation and instead view the details without any bias and if not be Neutral and not support either stan or India on such Issues. Secondly as regards OBOR, it is China which failed completely and China should have taken the initiative diplomatically with India about OBOR that passes through Illegal occupied part of India which the so called stan calls it PoK ( stan Occupies Kashmir) and no one had any authority to enter the sovereignty of the Nation and that too when the place is in dispute for long and long years. For argument sake if India indulges in such massive projects that enters through China without China 's approval, will they agree and if good sense prevails China will reply honestly but we know they are not sincere and of course never follows transparency while dea with other Nations.
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