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India can join OBOR any time: China

China will never impose anything on others, said an unnamed Chinese official

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and countries' leaders and delegates attending the Belt and Road Forum pose for a group photo on stage at the China National Convention Center in Beijing (Photo: AP/P
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and countries' leaders and delegates attending the Belt and Road Forum pose for a group photo on stage at the China National Convention Center in Beijing (Photo: AP/P

can join any project in the mega initiative at any time, a Singaporean think tank has quoted a Chinese official as saying.

"will never impose anything on others," an unnamed Chinese official was quoted as saying by Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in a paper published here.


"can come in at any time on any project" under the (OBOR), an ambitious initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, ISAS quoted the official as saying at the recently concluded Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) summit meeting in

would, therefore, welcome the "very, very good point" of a quadrilateral dialogue among China, India, and on issues relating to the $50 billion China-Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said.

However, it would be good if such a proposal came from and the other countries concerned rather than as a Chinese initiative, the official was quoted as saying by the paper's editor P S Suryanarayana, who participated in the BRF meetings in as a delegate.

One of the BRF themes was "Regional and Global Security: Situation and Prospect".

Interpreting Jinping's "studied avoidance of India's counter-narrative" on China's connectivity projects, during the BRF meetings, the author says.

"cannot hope to be a benign global power if its major neighbour (India) remains estranged," said Suryanarayana, who is also the author of 'Smart Diplomacy: Exploring China-Synergy' published last year.

Tracing India's well-known objections to the project, Suryanarayana said "the Chinese tend to think that India's objections to the also stem from the possibility of the propelling Pakistan, too, as an attractive destination for foreign investments from far and wide".

Yet, "there is also a view that perhaps has time until the next BRF Summit in 2019 to say a belated 'yes' or a final 'no' to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI also called OBOR)," the author said.

did not attend the BRF held in in mid-May, which observers believe, was a strong objection to for its partial route through Kashmir.

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