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All countries should respect each other's sovereignty: Chinese President at OBOR

All countries should respect each other's sovereignty: Chinese President at OBOR

India Blooms News Service | | 14 May 2017, 12:09 pm
Beijing, May 14 (IBNS): Even as India boycotted "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) summit that began at Beijing on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that all countries should respect each other's "sovereignty and territorial integrity."

In his opening remarks, Jinping said: "All countries should respect each other's sovereignty, dignity and territorial integrity, each other's development paths and social systems, and each other's core interests and major concerns."

Christened as China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the 57 billion-dollar project envisages connectivity across Asia on to Europe through ports, railways and roads.

Besides Pakistan, India's other neighbours Sri Lanka and Nepal are attending the summit.

India boycotted the summit over sovereignty issues as the initiative for cross border connectivity runs through Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

The decision has been taken on the ground of sovereignty as India considers POK its part.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay in a media statement on Saturday said: "Regarding the so-called 'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor', which is being projected as the flagship project of the... OBOR, the international community is well aware of India's position... No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity."

"Guided by our principled position in the matter, we have been urging China to engage in a meaningful dialogue on its connectivity initiative," he stated.

Baglay also mentioned that India is awaiting positive response from China.

The Chinese initiative is also being seen as a move to establish its dominance in Asia, including India's neigbhours.