India has boycotted a two-day meeting in China that began today on Beijing's ambitious initiative for cross border connectivity through ports, railways and roads called the 'One Belt One Road' project.
In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs said "Connectivity projects must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Nepal confirmed as India’s boycott its participation in the Friday meeting. Attended by the Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Decided by the US to attend, by making a U-turn in its position.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay, earlier this week said that, no decision had been taken on whether an Indian government delegation would attend the meeting. "The matter is under the consideration," Gopal Baglay said that a position the government has maintained since March when China extended an invitation. Since then, Beijing has stepped up efforts to get India to attend.
To China’s plan the main objection by India is to build pots, railways and power link across Asia and to Europe is that the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key part of the plan, runs through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
Gopal Baglay said that connectivity across the region is supported by the India, there is a problem at the end with Pakistan of ‘One Belt, One Road’ the word widely used for the description of the project.
"As far as OBOR is concerned, you know that our position is that since the so-called CPEC forms a part of OBOR, that is where our difficulty is," said by the Gopal Baglay, further added "It passes or proposes to pass through what is sovereign Indian territory and we have made our views in this regard very, very clear to the Chinese side."
Hundreds of Billions of dollars are being involved in the ‘Belt and Road’ over the coming decades could also cement China’s dominance over Asia, which includes the neighbourhood of India.
The 29 country leaders and the senior delegates from another nations gather in Beijing for a two day summit, on Sunday starting to map out a project that is seen as broad on ambition but short on specifics. Nearly five times the size of India is the economy of China.
The third largest economy of India is behind China and Japan, which sits one of the busiest world shipping lane in the Indian Ocean. For the continent wide project the Delhi is not a part of project presents a headache for both India and China.
To India’s ambassador of China, Luo Zhaohui told to an Indian Military think –tank in New Delhi last week that while India has reservation about the corridor of China-Pakistan, no wish to get involved by Beijing in territorial disputes between Pakistan and India.
China’s biggest summit which is being indecision by India over China of the year comes at a time of a sharp downturn in ties.
Over China’s refusal the Delhi is upset to allow its entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the control of nuclear trade by the global cartel, over Beijing blocking a request at the UN to sanction Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-based head of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which has attacked military bases in India.
At India’s increasing public engagement the Beijing’s is angry with the Dalai Lama, including hosting the Tibetan spiritual leader in Arunachal Pradesh last month, which China claims as South Tibet.
China has also grown wary of India's military cooperation with the United States, as well as with Japan in recent months.
Experts and some Indian Officials have urged India to not miss out on opportunities presented by the initiative to boost trade links and transport.
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti said to the border state that could benefit from the projects of China as it will boost the activity of economic.