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India likely to skip China’s Belt and Road Forum: Report

The Belt and Road Forum is likely to discuss the OBOR project and discuss ways to enhance the connectivity and cooperation between the Asian, European and African nations.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2017 4:36 pm
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India will reportedly skip the two-day Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing starting Sunday due to its concerns on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a part of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) project. While government officials have chosen not to speak on the matter, an informed source apprised PTI on India’s decision to not attend the summit. Apart from Bhutan, India is the only country in South Asia which has not signed any agreement on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious OBOR project.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, had announced in April that India would have a representative at the forum. “Although Indian leader is not here, India will have a representative,” Wang had said. However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday that some Indian scholars would be present at the meeting. The summit is crucial for China since it will be attended by 29 heads of state and government, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. Countries like South Korea, France, Germany and UK will have high-level delegations attending the event.

Read | What is China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project?

The BRF is likely to discuss the OBOR project and discuss ways to enhance the connectivity and cooperation between the Asian, European and African nations. An important part of the OBOR project is the CPEC corridor, which has brought  $46 billion worth investment to Pakistan. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is hence expected to take centrestage while discussing the project’s significance in the region. He is leading perhaps the largest delegation — four chief ministers and five federal ministers, reported PTI.

In the last one year, India and China have locked horns over multiple issues including India’s entry into the NSG club, UN ban against Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Masood Azhar and Dalai Lama’s Arunachal Pradesh visit.

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    CP
    May 14, 2017 at 6:40 pm
    From USA and Europe, Russia and an every major economic power knows the importance of world trade except India. Have we been kicked out of the world community for our radical policies?
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    1. George Silversurfer
      May 14, 2017 at 6:36 am
      stan will be delighted.
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      1. K
        KALADAD
        May 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm
        china uplifted 700,000,000 peoples from poverty level in last 65 year but Hindu satan cannot provide toilet to 700,000,000 million population. now hindu stan crows think as swans.
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          KALADAD
          May 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm
          Mur Doodi sad he will isolate stan, who is isolated stupid Hindu satan
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          1. Joshyramamurthy Murthy
            May 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm
            China is a good country, and xi ping is a gentleman dia on the other hand has waged many wars with neighbours and a corrupt to its soul What if pok poor people get some benefits because of China investment? Its chinas great heart and humane kindness that it is investing in poor countries like Africa, pak,afghan etc It is correct that this belt road be considered as economic project not as dirty politics? What's the contribution of India to Kashmir and pok? Its only dirty politics, war, militarisation,nuclear threat,human right violatios, terrorism Corruption,illetracy,poor health standards malnutrition,manmade floods,radicalization,hatred? Don't you think correct if w Kashmir is given to China it will help them to develop with one party rule, communist atheist policy, no politics? This Indian and stani s rule in Kashmir should end and w Kashmir should be handed to China China is a competent country to bring peace to Kashmir, India and pak irresponsible states.
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