India and China are likely to identify projects in areas of health, education and food security that the two countries can jointly undertake in Afghanistan, following discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at the recent Wuhan Summit.
The two sides may soon hold a standalone dialogue for identifying projects in Afghanistan, people aware of the matter told ET. They said the plan is to identify projects that would improve lives of Afghan citizens and pave the way for a joint Indo-Afghan connectivity project through Afghanistan connecting China with Iran in the future.
However, the proposed connectivity project is unlikely to be included in China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) owing to India’s strong reservations against the mega project that seeks to connect Asia’s biggest country with the rest of the continent, Africa and Europe. Read More