China is keen on a high-level Indian participation in an international conclave that it plans to host this May to garner support for its mega One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) connectivity initiative spanning across Europe, Asia and Africa. India, however, remains wary of the ambitious project, especially because it includes China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) running through PoK.
Delhi has not endorsed OBOR not only because it perceives the move as Beijing’s attempt to expand its influence in the region but also because it includes CPEC. India has lodged regular protests against creating CPEC that challenges sovereignty issue.
Beijing has recently indicated to Delhi that it will host a conference on the OBOR in China and urged a “high-level representative” from India. Delhi, however, remained non-committal, persons familiar with the matter indicated. Read More…
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