India shouldn’t join China’s BRI until its reasonable demands are met
India is justified in opting out of China’s ambitious multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative until its concerns are addressed. Chinese president Xi Jinping has asserted that the massive project which creates road, rail and naval connectivity through much of Asia with linkages to Europe and Africa has “no geopolitical calculations”.
Yet the Chinese side is unwilling to assuage Indian sensitivities on the BRI’s flagship project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), passing through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
India’s position on BRI has been that “development connectivity must be transparent, fair and equal”, in the process voicing the concerns of smaller South Asian countries that these projects will leave them indebted to China, economically and politically. India and its huge market is critical to the project’s success, which is also a way for Chinese companies to parcel out their huge debts to other nations.
These include countries that have faced the brunt of colonialism until a century ago. China’s hesitation to open up its markets to India and other countries raises the same spectre again.
Given such realities, India must goad China to settle the border issue which is a source of constant tension. Further, China must also use its immense leverage with Pakistan to end the latter’s proxy war in Kashmir. India does not have to take sides in the ongoing trade war between US and China either, as it is a firm proponent of a rules-based multilateral trade order and must insist that both sides conform to their WTO commitments.
The Modi-XI summit is an opportunity to discuss the strategic issues raised by BRI instead of sweeping them under the carpet.
India should not join the BRI
ASHISH KUMARLOCATION-1 day ago-Follow
India will not join china, I bet. This is modi govt and not gandhi govt who walks and talks like garish chandra ki aulad and keeps their neighbour happy irrespective for the nation's intrest
Mat ThachirethIndia-1 day ago-Follow
To increase infrastructure growth,neighbors harmony is important like US-CANADA -Mexico free trade agreement.Productivity, tourism, supply chains, every thing will increased.
BMAustralia-23 hours ago-Follow
India must not consider OBOP unless Pakistan vacate it's aggression from Kashmir and China vacate it's aggression from Aksai Chin.
N Nnnn yogidatta-Nnnn-22 hours ago-Follow
Sorry Downvoted by mistake
Vijay Patel yogidatta-Kutch-23 hours ago-Follow
Sorry down flagged by mistake
MN KarthaNoida-1 day ago-Follow
The practice of issuing stapled visa by the Chinese embassy to Indian citizens from Arunachal Pradesh and J&K must be stopped. China was the only country among the 15-member UNSC to have opposed the ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar . The Chinese must stop protecting the terrorist to please the Pak. Indian sovereignty must be respected with regard to its objections to OBOR. The Chinese must also learn to respect and drop its objections to India's NSG membership. It must also stop using Pak to bleed India. Manipulating Brhamputra to India's disadvantage also must come to a stop. But it is unlikely that the dragon which does not see anything but its own megalomaniac interests to see reason and treat India as equal for the regional and global development