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China must respect territorial integrity: India on OBOR connectivity summit

MEA further said that no country can accept a project that ignores its core concern on sovereignty and territorial integrity.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2017 1:04 am
OBOR, One belt one road, One belt one road summit, OBOR summit, India OBOR, India OBOR summit, India CPEC India is miffed with the neighbouring country over the inclusion of CPEC as part of the initiative.

India on Saturday made its displeasure evident to China when it said connectivity projects must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity. India was responding to an invitation extended by China to attend its ambitious ‘One Belt One Road’ Summit in Beijing starting Sunday. A statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs today said, “India has been urging China to engage in a meaningful dialogue on OBOR. Awaiting a positive response from China.” India is miffed with the neighbouring country over the inclusion of CPEC as part of the initiative.

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MEA further said that no country can accept a project that ignores its core concern on sovereignty and territorial integrity. Although TV channels are reporting that India is boycotting the summit, the official MEA statement doesn’t explicitly mention the same.

“Connectivity projects must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty, territorial integrity,” it added.

The May 14-15 summit is likely to be attended by 29 heads of state and governments. Viewed as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pet project, most of India’s neighbours will be in attendance for the OBOR summit. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s presence is likely to dominate the discourse. He will most likely be accompanied by four chief ministers and five federal ministers. Meanwhile, UK, France, Germany, and US ave also confirmed their participation.

Although India has made its objection to the OBOR quite evident on the basis of CPEC, one of the sharpest criticism was made by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar in January this year. He had said China has not been sensitive about India’s sovereignty and did not consult New Delhi on its US$ 54 billion project with Pakistan, referring to the CPEC.

(With PTI inputs)

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    rajan
    May 14, 2017 at 5:13 am
    Modi is in no position to counter China. Issue of Dalai Lama visit to Arunachal Pradesh was bound to adversely affect our relationship with them. Of course, China has no business to interfere in our internal affairs yet India's knee jerk policy in dea with China is not going to help. We can't have directionless foreign policy. You can't arm twist them to achieve your ends. They are not only stronger militarily but also are a much bigger economic power. They will repeatedly show us our place and Modi can't do a da mn thing except his usual 56" posturing. NSA, Ajit Doval, is the only person whom Modi consults & he certainly is no panacea in dea with countries like China.
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      babu
      May 14, 2017 at 3:54 am
      Why because road is not connecting to nagpur and Gujrat?
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        ginololoya
        May 14, 2017 at 3:30 am
        Agree with India's decision.
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          Peter
          May 14, 2017 at 2:42 am
          China will do less harm than Gau Rakshak, Hindu Yuva Vahina, Bajrang Dal, VHP who are on daily rampage of kil Minorities, Dalits and Poor and doing everything to break India apart with Divisive Murderous activities.
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            Michelle:Vedic:human
            May 14, 2017 at 2:48 am
            China is fee the pain of its own and are afraid to break into piece if Taiwan,---honk Kong,---Tibet and uyighurs play their cards,----Jai hind.
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            Michelle:Vedic:human
            May 14, 2017 at 2:33 am
            Now SHARIFF will be shaking hands with xin pin who is a pig eater and sells hamburger,----SHARIFF is a traitor of his own MUZZIES,---Jai hind.
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