New Delhi, Oct 27: Japan is mulling to take India, Australia and the United States onboard for its plans on building a project like China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative. The country is set to propose a strategic dialogue with the countries to counter China’s ambitious project. A report said that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may present the proposal for the four-nation dialogue to the US President Donald Trump on November 6. (Also read: As India skips OBOR summit in China, President Xi Jinping sends a message to Delhi: 10 Points)
India is opposed to China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative as it will pass from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. If the plan between the four nations materialises, it will help India to neutralise China’s bid to establish economic dominance in the region through its OROB project.
The Hindustan Times had reported that the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in India recently, had suggested Sushma Swaraj that India and the US must build roads and ports across South Asia to Asia-Pacific to country China’s OROB.
Japan’s foreign minister Taro Kono told a Nikkei business daily on Thursday that he had shared his plans to bring the four nations on the table to Tillerson and Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop in August. He said he had also offered Britain and France roles in the partnership. He also said that the plan also entails free trade, defence cooperation in Southeast, South and Central Asia.
Under this, Japan may propose building ports and high-speed road networks connecting Asia to Africa.