Beijing, May 13: India has decided to boycott ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) summit beginning in Bejing from today, sending out a clear indication on Saturday night by issuing a statement which said, “No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity”. On one side China has kept the door open for India to attend the OBOR summit on the other side it has sent conflicting signals to India and announced a new project in Gilgit-Baltistan, Times of India reported.Also Read - IND vs NZ, 1st Test: Time Wasted By Umpires Might Have Robbed India a Test Win vs New Zealand, ICC Need to Rethink On Rules of the Game
According to a TOI report, China suggested that the country is ready to keep its doors open for India to join the OBOR program at a later date but they are not ready to change its opinion from an ongoing construction program Gilgit-Baltistan. The report further suggests that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is attending the two-day summit, brought along four chief ministers of Pakistani provinces. However, he did not call the chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, which covers the disputed region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Also Read - 1st Test: It is So Lopsided in Their Favour It is Not Funny, Says Ian Smith on New Zealand's Chance of Winning vs India
On Saturday, China hosted a conference on the construction of a major hydroelectricity dam, the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, which is located in the disputed areas of Gilgit-Baltistan. Experts believe that the purpose of holding a conference convey that China is determined to carry on the construction in the area, despite India boycotting the OBOR. Also Read – India to boycott ‘One Belt One Road’ summit as China remains keen to take CPEC through PoK Also Read - India Tightens Rules For International Flyers As Omicron Variant Spreads | Read Full SOPs Here
The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday night issued a statement saying that “We had received a formal invitation to participate in the six separate forums that China is organising as part of the Belt and Road Forum. Connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality”.
So far Delhi has also raised its concerns about the fact that one portion of the OBOR of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. “No country can accept project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty & territorial integrity,” MEA said in a statement.
On the other side, China has brushed aside India’s concern and said that the project in Gilgit-Baltistan must be looked through the prism of economics and not sovereignty.
Leaders from 29 countries plus senior delegates from other nations will be gathering today in Beijing for a two-day summit for the road project that stretches from China to Europe. In next few years, China is ready to invest billions of dollars. The initiative is also seen as a concrete step of China’s dominance over Asia, including Pakistan.
Nepal, Sri Lanka and China’s old ally Pakistan had already decided to attend the program. Also, the United States has decided to attend the summit.