India should adopt more pragmatic attitude towards OBOR: Chinese daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Global Times says India becoming more isolated in opposing Chinese projects in the region
  • By opposing OBOR, India will miss out on economic opportunities, the Communist Party-run daily warns

BEIJING: India should adopt a “more pragmatic” attitude towards One Belt One Road initiative, a state-run Chinese daily said today, claiming international support for President Xi Jinping’s pet project that figured in a UN resolution.
“Despite concerns from India, broader support has been given to the OBOR (One Belt One Road) from the international community,” an article in the ruling Communist Party of China run Global Times said today.
Stating that more countries and international organisations welcome the OBOR and see joining it as an opportunity to promote economic growth, it said India should handle the OBOR issue more carefully.
Referring to a former American official terming the previous US administration’s opposition to the establishment of China sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) a “strategic mistake,” the daily said, “it is hoped that India could learn a lesson from the US and adopt a more pragmatic attitude toward the OBOR”.
“If New Delhi is unable to persuade other nations to abandon the OBOR, one practical approach is to get involved in the initiative in a bid to promote the development of the OBOR in a direction that is favourable to India,” it said.
“The dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan makes New Delhi habitually vigilant against any possibility of large-scale foreign investment flowing into the region, but it is necessary to learn to distinguish activities between normal commercial investment and ones that could violate India’s sovereignty,” it said.
President Xi’s pet initiative, the OBOR includes a maze of connectivity projects connecting China with Euro Asia besides the neighbourhood. It includes 21st century Maritime Silk Road to connect China with different ports in the world as well as the $46 billion CPEC and the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM).
The CPEC is a mega network of roads, rail links, power plants and other infrastructure connecting western China’s Xinjiang province to Pakistan’s southern port of Gwadar.
“Both the OBOR and the CPEC are economic initiatives. Hopefully India will wake up to the benefits and adopt an open attitude toward joining the initiatives,” the daily said.