Chinese daily blames rising Hindu nationalism for India's OBOR summit absence

Global Times also says New Delhi wants to pile pressure on China but its absence has not affected the forum in Beijing


News Desk May 16, 2017
In addition to its concerns regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India is increasingly becoming concerned about China’s economic and diplomatic expansion through Asia, and in particular, across countries and waterways that it considers to be its sphere of influence. PHOTO: AFP/File

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation has concluded in Beijing with representatives from more than 130 countries and 70 international organisations taking part in the landmark summit.

India boycotted the conference on the grounds that the Chinese One-Belt One-Road (OBOR) initiative ignored New Delhi’s core concerns regarding sovereignty and territorial integrity. However, Global Times, a Chinese daily, derided New Delhi's decision to skip the forum saying India was the only nation which expressed disapproval of the project.

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In addition to its concerns regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), India is increasingly becoming concerned about China’s economic and diplomatic expansion through Asia, and in particular, across countries and waterways that it considers to be its sphere of influence.

“India's objection to OBOR is partly a show for domestic politics, partly to pile pressure on China. However, the absence of New Delhi… has not affected the forum in Beijing, and it will exert even less effect on the progress the initiative will make in the world,” the newspaper wrote in an editorial.

Alluding to China’s relations with Washington DC, it went on to suggest that New Delhi should mitigate differences with Beijing in order to maintain smooth bilateral ties. “China and the US have maintained smooth bilateral relations, from which New Delhi can learn.”

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Blaming rising Hindu nationalism, the newspaper said: "It should be pointed out that some people in India, with the ability to influence public opinion, have a shallow analysis of state interests, and an outdated understanding of geopolitics. Their stereotyped view of China continues to spread to the whole of Indian society, which may have destructive power. India and China should be vigilant about this."

Touted as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious project, the OBOR initiative focuses on improving connectivity and cooperation among Asian countries, Africa, China and Europe.

COMMENTS (4)

Sajid Ansari | 4 years ago | Reply So, who was isolated, Pakistan or India..? When the Representative Heads of the States from all over the world including India's 'best friend' these days, the USA, were sitting in Beijing whereas India was a loner. More yet to come soon after completion of CPEC, OBOR and the Silk Road when China will eat-up India’s total economy. China and Pakistan will never allow transit route to India. Where is Indian investment of 20 bill dollars to develop Chahbahar port of Iran to compete with Gawadar...? The US came to Afghanistan in 2001, along with 100,000 soldiers with the main objective to denuclearize or disintegrate Pakistan which will remain her dream only, but she is 'using' Afghanistan and India for her 'dream come true'. So, the day the USA leaves Afghanistan, the Hindus will be massacred there by Afghani Taliban and Afghanistan will again be on Pakistan's feet. Historically the US has never proved to be a friend indeed so will not be of Afghanistan and India as well.
shaw | 4 years ago | Reply Blessing! as whatever you involve india in will most likely turn into a Fassad. One has to be a blind fool not to realize that the U.S/Western system is deeply flawed & bankrupt. China is the economic superpower in every respect and will probably rein for hundreds of years. indians will continue to turn into savages by murdering people for eating beef etc. and will probably be occupied in the next few decades.
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