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India rules out participation in Chinas OBOR

14 May 2017

An attendee at a conference looks up near a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping with the words "Xi Jinping and One Belt One Road" and "One Belt One Road strategy", in Beijing, April 28, 2017.

The Chinese capital of Beijing is all decked out for its biggest global summit this year when it hosts the One Belt, One Road (Obor) forum starting on Sunday (May 14).

After a month-long consultation, the Nepalese side had sent back the draft to Beijing with some changes.Nepal signing the deal with China may cause concerns in India, which has opposed Beijing's initiative.

India did not play ball even as U.S. and Japan agreed to attend the meet.

"I think it's a recognition that the BRI has nothing to do with politics, that BRI is an economic initiative, economic agenda of China and to the extent the PH can benefit from it, [Duterte] will attend it", said Pitlo.

India opposes the CPEC as it runs through the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.

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Reports state that a few academicians from India may also be present at the Chinese event, which will also see representations from worldwide organisations like the World Bank. "Beijing did not share a blue print for the initiative", alleged an expert on Sino-Indian affairs.

"The bigger the number of heads of state attending the forum", Saito said, "the more Xi can prove [to the Communist Party] that his initiative is acknowledged by the world". Many countries who are now engaged in territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea issue, including Vietnam and Indonesia, are also sending official delegations.

While this is the outcome of hectic diplomatic lobbying by China, unlike India, none of the other countries have sovereignty related issues with the One Belt and One Road.

"Pakistan fully supports China's vision of the Belt and Road Forum", Sharif said at a separate meeting with Premier Li.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe will be attending the meeting after hosting his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at home.

By the end of past year, Chinese companies had built 56 economic and trade cooperation zones in countries along the Belt and Road, with total output of more than $50 billion, generating more than $1.1 billion in tax revenue and creating 180,000 local jobs.

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Japan will be sending a delegation led by a vice minister. Britain, Germany and France are to be represented by finance officials.

Referring to the "so-called "China-Pakistan Economic Corridor", which is being projected as the flagship project of the BRI/OBOR", Baglay said that India's position was well-known.

"Sharif told the Chinese President that presence of all Chief Minister in the meetings reflects national harmony that prevails in Pakistan with regard to the country's relationship with China", the news agency quoted sources as saying.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says he makes no apologies for wanting to build world-class infrastructure for Malaysia despite criticism from opposition politicians.

The deep-water port and the CPEC is of significance to China as they together facilitate Beijing's access to the Arabian Sea and resultantly links it with Eurasia and Africa.

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