Jibe at OBOR? PM Modi says need bridges of trust, not just infrastructure
Modi called for a common rules-based order which, he said, must believe in sovereignty and territorial integrity
He batted for an order which respected equality of all nations, irrespective of size and strength
In a subtle message to China, he said that these rules should be based on the consent of all, not on the power of few
NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi laid out the fundamentals of India’s role in the Indo-Pacific, saying on Friday that his government stood for a free, open and inclusive region with Asean at its centre.
Delivering the keynote speech at the Shangri La Dialogue, the prestigious inter-governmental security forum, Modi called for a common rules-based order which, he said, must believe in sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as equality of all nations, irrespective of size and strength.
莫迪在著名的政服间安全论坛--“香格里拉对话”(Shangri La Dialogue)上发表主旨演讲，呼吁建立一个基于共同规则的准则，必须尊重各国主权和领土完整，尊重各国平等，无论其幅员大小、实力强弱。
While Modi didn’t sound confrontational, he sent out subtle messages to Beijing as he said that these rules and norms should be based on the consent of all, not on the power of the few. Modi sought closer ties with China, saying stable relations between the two countries were an important factor in global peace and progress. However, he also warned that while India understood the benefits of connectivity, it was also important to build bridges of trust, and not just infrastructure, in pursuing such initiatives.
And for that, he said, these initiatives must be based on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, consultation, good governance, transparency, viability and sustainability. “They must empower nations, not place them under impossible debt burden. They must promote trade, not strategic competition. On these principles, we are prepared to work with everyone,” said Modi.
Despite pressure from Beijing, India is yet to show any interest in joining China’s flagship One Belt, One Road (OBOR) connectivity project. “No other relationship of India has as many layers as our relations with China... and, we have displayed maturity and wisdom in managing issues and ensuring a peaceful border,” said Modi. The PM said the world will have a better future when India and China work together in trust and confidence, sensitive to each other’s interests.
At a time when several Asean nations are feeling insecure over Chinese muscle-flexing in South China Sea, Modi said when nations make international commitments, they must uphold them.
Addressing the international audience, the PM also spoke out strongly against protectionism. “What we seek is a level playing field for all. India stands for an open and stable international trade regime,” Modi said.
Bala Srinivasan-saginaw USA-9 hours ago
PM MODI has taken DIPLOMACY to a higher level.CHINA has to accommodate INDIA for mutual growth.
agdish Madan-Vancouver BC-4 hours ago
Modi is the finest Indian PM.
Satyam Sundaram-3 hours ago
Corruption and crime are the basic factors on which performance of govt is to be considered.Today corruption is absent from top level of central govt.Thumbs up to me modi
sanjoy-3 hours ago
For countrymen, we should have the patience & understanding of the government policies.
Arvind-4 hours ago
Some time jibe at China and sometimes at Congress. This is your strong foreign policy and Election campaign.