India skipped China’s Belt and Road Forum summit ceremony

Vastavam web: India today skipped the opening ceremony of China’s Belt and Road Forum following sovereignty concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).No Indian delegation was seen at the opening ceremony addressed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.Few Indian scholars attended the meeting. Media was not permitted into the conference hall, where the opening ceremony took place.Indian scholars who took part in the meeting said no Indian delegation was spotted.
The meeting called the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) is being attended by 29 heads of state and governments including Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickrmasinghe, besides official delegations from other South Asian countries.In a strongly-worded statement issued last night, India had said that the connectivity initiative must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity.