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India has robust development agenda & a consistent policy on BRI
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India has robust development agenda & a consistent policy on BRI

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New Delhi, Jul 2: India has a robust development cooperation agenda with the neighbouring countries and New Delhi's position on China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has always remained clear and consistent.

Official sources said here that the inclusion of the so-called ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ (CPEC), which passes through parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir under "illegal occupation of Pakistan, as a flagship project of ‘OBOR/BRI’ reflects lack of appreciation of India’s concerns on the issue of sovereignty and territorial integrity".

The Government of India has conveyed to the Chinese side its concerns about their activities in Pakistan-occupied Jammu & Kashmir and asked them to "cease" these activities.

The government was questioned on these lines in Parliament last week during the ongoing Budget session.

"Expansion and strengthening of connectivity is an integral part of India’s economic and diplomatic initiatives. At the same time, the government is of the firm belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms," the government response in Lok Sabha was.

There must be also strict adherence to the principles of openness, transparency and financial responsibility, it has been stated and was also mentioned that the relations must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity of nations.

"India has a robust development cooperation agenda that constitutes a significant dimension of its close and multi-faceted ties with many partner countries, including in India’s neighbourhood," sources said.

Meanwhile, a visiting Chinese delegation led by Yang Yanyi, a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference maintained here that India should not be carried away by the propaganda that having the Chinese company in the 5G field would compromise with its security.

Huawei has cutting edge technology which India should benefit of, it has been suggested.

"The Indian government should act in the best interest of the country. Of course, cooperation should be mutually beneficial," she said in an interaction here.

It may be mentioned here that with regard to 5G technology, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has recently articulated India's position well.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined (during talks with President Donald Trump at Osaka) that we are going to be a billion users of 5G technology and in that sense India is the second largest market in the world. The way India moves or the way whatever choices India makes will essentially determine the way the global trend will go," he has said on June 28.

The statement actually implied China's Huawei outfit is not being discarded from doing business in India.

The Government of India has faced some pressure from the Americans to ban the Chinese company from its 5G development and deployment due to security concerns. (UNI)