Pakistan to Sri Lanka: Six India neighbours sign 20 infra deals with China

During the forum, China dubbed CPEC a flagship One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, and 10 more agreements connected to the contentious corridor that runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were formalised.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: May 16, 2017 11:41 pm
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During the forum, China dubbed CPEC a flagship One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, and 10 more agreements connected to the contentious corridor that runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were formalised.

While New Delhi chose to skip the inaugural Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing citing sovereignty concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), six of India’s neighbours signed at least 20 agreements with China — seeking aid in advancing infrastructure, power, banking and finance — during the two-day event.

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During the forum, China dubbed CPEC a flagship One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, and 10 more agreements connected to the contentious corridor that runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were formalised. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the opening ceremony of the BRF and led a delegation including four chief ministers and several federal ministers.

Read | Nepal too joins OBOR, China experts say India must reconsider stance

But Pakistan was not alone in cooperating with China on OBOR, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Afghanistan all signed MoUs, cooperation agreements and planning documents connected to OBOR.

India has raised the CPEC issue at various levels, including with President Xi at the BRICS summit in Goa last October. In January, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said, “China is a country which is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty… so we would expect that they would have some understanding of other people’s sensitivity about their sovereignty. CPEC passes through a piece of land which we call Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which is a territory that belongs to India and is illegally occupied by Pakistan.”

Wang Yiwei, Professor at the School of International Studies at Renmin University, said China’s neighbours would benefit immensely from the OBOR initiative. “The CPEC project is expected to solve Pakistan’s energy independence and infrastructure issues through special economic zones and the Gwadar Port. I believe its economy will take off after the second stage of development that begins in 2020. By 2030, Pakistan’s economy will be the new emerging power in the world,” he said.

Earlier this week, another Chinese scholar, Wang Dehua, Director, Institute for South and Central Asia Studies in Shanghai, had said, “It is natural that India’s neighbours want to be a part of the Belt and Road Initiative. It is a great opportunity for them. They want China’s technological knowledge and, of course, they want the money.” He had added that India’s neighbours may even work on convincing India, whose influence cannot be denied in South Asia, to join the OBOR initiative.

Wang Yiwei believes India is becoming more flexible about the initiative. “I believe India has shown positive signs over a China-Nepal-India economic corridor… Even the US and Japan have sent representatives,” he said.

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    Abid
    May 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm
    By skipping OBOR Summit, India did two things. One, India is isolated, two ,India lost a good opportunity to develop its own poor infrastructure to create connectivity with other members of OBOR, which India lacks badly for a sustained economic growth. As regards the hoax of "sovereignty" issue, may any one remind India that its already building several hydro power projects on a disputed territory over which stan claims its sovereignty.
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      Abid
      May 16, 2017 at 11:48 pm
      In the last sentence of my reply, I had written stan,a complete word, but I think news paper's computer has some problem.
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      aftabshah
      May 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm
      Gilgit Baltestan was not part of Kashmir at the time of par ion!
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        Nishant
        May 16, 2017 at 10:11 am
        India should take projects in smaller countries, and use their labour and local talent so that they could do even bigger projects by themselves. Africa needs such pro-Africa initiative. In return we should ask for long term parterships.
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          Abid
          May 16, 2017 at 11:50 pm
          Nishant ,you are "day dreaming" or building castles in air, like all other Indians !
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          Sayani
          May 16, 2017 at 10:06 am
          China is a terrorist, oppressive country. Muslim Uyghurs of Xinjiang country illegally annexed by the blood thirsty dragon are being killed, denied to pray and even fast on ramadaan and here it is a Muslim country allowing this atheist communist country to devour fellow Muslims. Who does not know what Hans of China have done to the peaceloving Tibetans? Who does not know what the Chinese have done to Africans? Only s will support joining hands with a terrorist country. Let India and Western Countries form an alliance for the benefit of the w world minus stan and China. Stop buying their goods, no more trade with them. Train and import from other countries.
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            Nishant
            May 16, 2017 at 10:00 am
            The one belt road, on the other hand, could be utilized to transport grains and food across countries, as production is always erratic. All countries could benefit equally if they invest in modern storage facilities along the route, as upto 30 grains are wasted across the globe due to storage and transportation issues.
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              Abid
              May 16, 2017 at 11:56 pm
              Nishant, you are confused, First you opposed OBOR, AND STARTED FINDING FAULTS IN IT, NOW YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT USING THE OBOR NET WORK TO India's benefit ! Are all Indians think like you? Decide what you want !
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              Nishant
              May 16, 2017 at 9:58 am
              Most of the small nations trying to get the best from one belt initiative have no idea about the ultimate design, tarrifs rules and control of trade via this route. The fine print, like that of a credit card, is far more important and it can wreck economy of small nations. Small nations would not be in a position to edit the fine print to make it advantageous for them. They could take massive loans from China to build projects, but they will be built by Chinese contractors and even the labour, at the rate of interest determined by them. In that process there is zero learning to do any more projects of the same kind oneself, and a substantial amount of money and jobs go back to the investing country. Finally, profitability and ability to compete with Chinese products would the responsibility of smaller nations. If they can not match the incentives that China gives to its businesses, they will never be at level playing. Trade deficits will rise.
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                Arun
                May 16, 2017 at 9:46 am
                Let them make deals it is them going to pay China not us..CPEC is not recognized as it goes through disputed land of India..why should India join what is that India getting from this nothing but violation of its territory by China..Good they gave India an opportunity to kick them on AP, South China Sea, POK..They lost their move in the game of Chess..
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                  Bharat
                  May 16, 2017 at 9:44 am
                  China is going ahead like a bully who does not care of anyone else. India has to come up with a different strategy to stop CPEC in PoK and disputed areas. Secondly, it has to arm itself heavily since this is just a new Chinese colony in the making and India will be surrounded on all sides by China. So best to push the 'Make in India' for defense and infrastructure. 1947 mistakes are hounding us - JN could have closed the PoK without going to UN. He could have supported independent Tibet. He need not have supported China as permanent member of UN. ....
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                    Abid
                    May 17, 2017 at 12:04 am
                    You know what will happen if India continues to arm itself "heavily"? Now, 60 Indians don't have toilets, then, in the near future remaining 40 will also lose toilets and 100 Indian population will be seen relieving outside their homes in the streets, on the roads, on the railway tracks, it'll be a sight for tourists, or perhaps more tourists will come to India to enjoy "morning ritual' by Indians.
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                    usman
                    May 16, 2017 at 9:38 am
                    India should make his so called chest 52 inch and should stand by his present stance in future On OBOR. Dont change your stance like a hypocrate country. Build your own corridor at chabahar which was ur alternative to Gawadar. Lolz india a poor vegetarian loin. 🤣
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                      Sunil Dhyani
                      May 16, 2017 at 9:08 am
                      The OBOR project launched by China is new form economical colonialism, past history of China tell it clearly. What it has done to Tibet every one knew. On the Dalai Lama issue China shows us eye but it did not accept the theory that CPEC project which p through PoK is a disputed region and a Indian territory. When China doest not accept the self respect of India, how can we he economic join this project. Chances are more prone that the conflicts between Pak and India will be increase more in near future the economic gain which stan gets from this project may be utilized for terrorism in India. other important point is that this region is the rich source of water and stan's Punjab provenience will got the most of the benifits. Ours leader are not visionary they leave in current world and never thought about the future, on the other side China leaders are making plans for it future and it is their policy to surrounds India from all side.
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                        Mohammad Dar
                        May 16, 2017 at 9:23 am
                        Sure, eat favorite dish of hogs of hinduism immorality, and eat hind, shi tt, things arranged for the human being are not for the believers of hinduism fabrication on of evolution, they may claim to be human being but, in reality still evolving to be the level of human being, far behind human beings, They have to evolve mentally and recognize to be children of human being, to be treated like , human being, till than, enjoy dea with hindus neanderthals, in human form.
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                          Naren
                          May 16, 2017 at 9:55 am
                          Prafulla Mohan! is it You?? If not, you can go for Usttad Scheme.
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                        George Cruz
                        May 16, 2017 at 8:35 am
                        The decision by India not to be the part of the Belt and Road Initiative summit initiated by China is one of best decisions taken by India. Many of the countries who are joining this BRI project are the banana republics like Pak, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Somalia, and other African countries and India wouldn't benefit anything (ZILCH) from this BRI. Yes, India the big elephant is smarter than the deceitful dragon which proclaimed "Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai" and backstabbed India. The Chinese ultimate aim here is to gobble the portion of the POK and retain total control of the POK from the foolish Pak.
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                          Dogistani
                          May 16, 2017 at 9:10 am
                          Mental brahmin George Cruz.
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                            Tallat mahmood
                            May 16, 2017 at 10:23 am
                            If these are banana republic then what are you?? Water melon 🍉 republic 😁
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                              Abid
                              May 17, 2017 at 12:14 am
                              George ! you deliberately missed some other names ,like, U.S,Russia, France, U.K, it was a gathering of 126 countries, and 29 out this were represented by high profile representatives, for your poor indian information !
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                              Michelle:Vedic:human
                              May 16, 2017 at 8:31 am
                              Poky will soon become a colony of China,----WAHABIS will attack poky since Mohamed DAR'S daughter will look like a chiinky in next 5 yrs,---Jai hind.
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                                Tallat mahmood
                                May 16, 2017 at 10:27 am
                                Your comments shows that your innerself is burning. Be happy if some ones eating food at the end of the day
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                                mtv
                                May 16, 2017 at 8:26 am
                                So frustrating to see China outsmarting India in all directions. Our short sighted netas especially Modi and Shah is only interested in dividing our own society to many pieces in spite of their massive elections and support of people. They should have gone overboard in building the nation with the support of all communities in the country and outsmarting real enemies such as China and PAK. A real tragedy in the making for our great country. Jai Hind!
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                                  Tallat mahmood
                                  May 16, 2017 at 10:29 am
                                  Mtv they think in future and we don't forget the past
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                                  Lalit Mohan
                                  May 16, 2017 at 8:23 am
                                  No nation can grow if it kick at s...of majority and appease minority.
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                                    Mohammad Dar
                                    May 16, 2017 at 8:01 am
                                    Poor hindrance to truth of their real value, a very hindu foreign debt "half a trillion" dollars ridden with half of her neighbors GDP, uming to be a economic super power, be self sufficient to feed your own citizens, before trying to be, land of hinduism poverty, it has has never been, an influential rich country, to be followed by any one, in their human mind.
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                                      Viyan V
                                      May 16, 2017 at 7:49 am
                                      No no, don't talk about this. This is not at any issue for this country. Let the countries do whatever they want. The only burning issue the country has got to resolve tripple-talak and push a new form talak, and all our ministry, high courts and supreme court are all busy with resolving that country defining issue. Issues like OBOR, kil of our soldiers by naxals, beheading of soldiers, saving kulbushan (where we almost lost the case because of our no preparation), the list goes on (like what we achieved from demonetization, what are we doing for farmer suicide, etc); They are all very small issues. Modiji cares a lot about muslims that he moved all government machinery on tripple-talak and others similar non-sense issues, to evade the attention of the country from all the real issues countries is facing.
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                                        mtv
                                        May 16, 2017 at 8:27 am
                                        So true, bro.
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                                        Joe
                                        May 16, 2017 at 7:40 am
                                        Maybe xi jinping has a 62 inch chest.
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                                          Pathetic
                                          May 16, 2017 at 7:08 am
                                          After this news India has decided to declare that INDIA IS NO MORE A NEIGHBOR OF THOSE SIX COUNTRIES. This advise came directly from the BONKERED BHAKTS A S S O CIATION!
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                                            Venkatarama Muthuswami
                                            May 16, 2017 at 6:40 am
                                            Hope India is mature enough to handle/tackle this OBOR et al in an aporopriate and responsible manner. Don't rush.
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                                              deal chaser
                                              May 16, 2017 at 6:37 am
                                              The ONLY way out for India is to WORK HARD like Chinese. Get involved in Infrastructure,keep the country clean ,STOP corruption, caste,religion based politics for alteast next 5 years. And stop watching stupid TV shows hours together.consider 60 as new middle age and keep fit to live through 80s. Be physically active Instead of on Facebook s. We need to fix our Infrastructure first before others look at us. Stop stupid politics like you see in Andhra and delhi.productivity is a must.
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                                                avi
                                                May 16, 2017 at 7:04 am
                                                Well said man. Great.
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                                                  Dogistani
                                                  May 16, 2017 at 7:11 am
                                                  First and foremost infrastructure is TOILET FOR ALL PROGRAM OR SHOULD IT BE SMART CITY FOR SOME!
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                                                    Dipak
                                                    May 16, 2017 at 7:59 am
                                                    You just defined what only Modi can do. After 70 years India got the first real Prime Minister.
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                                                      Tushar
                                                      May 16, 2017 at 10:17 am
                                                      Really dipak ? But y the real PM is not acting .why he is busy not treating his attention seeking mental disorders and get involved in real issues ... No one becomes great by proclaiming that iam great ... It needs real hard work on right thing at right time
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                                                        Ashok
                                                        May 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm
                                                        Respect is earned,.... not demanded. Modi has not earned his yet. Who knows, 10 years from now, Modi might be India's greatest mistake. Who knows. Praise him only after he has done a great job, not before.
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                                                          Abid
                                                          May 17, 2017 at 12:23 am
                                                          Yes Dipak ! Its really sad, after 70 years, still 60 of Indians don't have toilets, after 70 years efforts, only 40 could get toilets, remaining 60 are still relieving themselves out side their homes, in the streets, on the pavements, on railway tracks or where ever they get some space left for them ! What your "great genius leaders" are planning in their offices?
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                                                        Dinesh Sampat
                                                        May 16, 2017 at 6:37 am
                                                        This donut is being glazed with lots and lots of sugar coatings (in real terms massive debt burdens skillfully wrapped as economic growth and of achieving economic super power status)....we all know such deep fried sugary donuts are neither good for human beings, nor for nations comprising of human beings full of hope and aspirations for the uplifting future. Secondly, this move on the part of China and the author is to confirm their utter disregard of other nations' territorial integrity.
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