Leaders at SCO praise ‘OBOR’ initiative, but with riders

Declaration wants projects to be based on ‘principles of mutual respect’; says India, Pak inclusion will help Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2017 11:34 am
SCO, OBOR, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Narendra Modi, One Belt and One Road, narendra modi, xi jinping, india china, indian express news, india news SCO summit:The declaration said the leaders “praised the results of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held on 14-15 May 2017 in Beijing and spoke in favour of their implementation, including by means of coordinating international, regional and national projects aimed at cooperation in maintaining sustainable development based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit”. (Source: PTI)

Leaders at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on Friday welcomed the One Belt and One Road initiative, but put riders that the projects should be based on principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. This, New Delhi feels, gives it room to lodge its reservations in future declarations. While India did not negotiate the declaration, it will be signatory to the document as it has had to adopt all previous declarations and documents.

The declaration said the leaders “praised the results of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held on 14-15 May 2017 in Beijing and spoke in favour of their implementation, including by means of coordinating international, regional and national projects aimed at cooperation in maintaining sustainable development based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit”.

The declaration said the heads of states highlighted the historical significance of the SCO’s enlargement. “They believe that granting full SCO membership to India and Pakistan at the current meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council will facilitate further development and enhance the potential of the SCO,” the declaration said.

It also called for strict adherence to the goals and principles of the UN Charter, “above all the equality and sovereignty of states”, non-interference in internal affairs, mutual respect of territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, non-aggression, peaceful settlement of disputes and non-use of force or threat of force.

Indian officials said that these principles, if followed by its neighbours China and Pakistan, would work to New Delhi’s advantage in most circumstances — especially when it comes to disputes with Pakistan and China.

The SCO also reaffirmed it’s commitment to the view that “there is no alternative to the political and diplomatic settlement of conflicts” in various regions of the world on the basis of strict adherence to universally recognised norms and principles of international law.

Praising the activities of the competent bodies of SCO member states and the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure in combating terrorism, extremism, separatism, the SCO leaders stressed the importance of intensifying work toward the expedited adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on Combating International Terrorism. This has been one of India’s long-standing agenda at international fora, when it comes to matters pertaining to terrorism.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “Security is the prerequisite for development. Without security, there will be no development to speak of…. China calls for the SCO to strengthen regional counter-terrorism institutional building and resolutely crack down on illicit drug manufacturing and trafficking. China is willing to host again the SCO joint counter-terrorism cyber exercise.”

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    Vikrant Jaryan
    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    That's a good strategy to make hold in the region, first choose a country which need lot of investment and technology. Once lot of investments had been done by giving loan to that country, Ask them to return loan in due time. If that country cannot give the loan then its time to monopolize that country policies and demanding land for permanent base with lease of 60-100 years and dominate. That's why India don't want much investments from China and taking precaution with others countries too. India has potential to develop its own, but stan is fal in trap in China's hand. They will regret the policies to lean toward China. Humare yahan kahawat hain "Utne hi Paer pasaro jitni chadar ho, warna paer chadar se bahar aa jayengae"
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      Imran
      Jun 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm
      Muslims of India unite. Let's throw Indian state and Hindus of India to the whales and sharks of Indian Ocean. The Indian state belongs to the Muslims of India
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        Shah
        Jun 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm
        Imran bhai, hazaaro saalon se kai aaye aur kayi e aur khatam ho e. People like you can keep making wishful thinking and keep nudging. India and and so called Hindus (all people co-habitating below the Himalayas) don't need to do or say anything. The time will take it's toll on all of you. Haathi jaaye bazaar bhonke hazaar!
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          Apte
          Jun 10, 2017 at 7:35 am
          1. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a Chinese initiative, but Chinese intentions are still unclear. It has claimed exclusive right to islands in South Asian Sea and has refused claims of Vietnam & an. In our case it has made claim over Arunachal Pradesh (AP) as it claims AP to be Southern Tibet. Hence we do not know how China will deal with its neighbours. 2. China stan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is part of an ambitious One Belt One Road” (OBOR) project. It is natural for China to promote its interests but it cannot do so either by use of its ugly money power or though unfair means. 3. It is an open secret that China will be biggest beneficiary of OBOR & CPEC. India, and more particularly stan, will get hardly any benefit from OBOR, and they will be helpless even as China makes money using infrastructure to be built for facilitating entry of Chinese goods in the Gulf region and perhaps for import of crude/gas from Iran. India will have to protect its interests.
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            Kamal Pasha
            Jun 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm
            Apte : In nut shell, India isolated herself from this gigantic projects and not happy about the progress these nations will make once it is fully operational. This is because of arrogance and stuburnes of Modi. Be happy.
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              Curious onlooker
              Jun 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm
              The prime pudding of the OBOR project is the Indian cons uent states, its buffer and littoral states. Nothing will come to fruition no matter who is is in the driving seat of the project if India is put at displeasure or disadvantage.