One day, China says that it welcomes other countries including India to join the ‘One Belt One Road’ – including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and the very next day, Indian Government said that they support it and connectivity has to be open and equitable. The Indo-Chinese pink – post Doklam.
China has initiated an ambitious project of ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative, which includes the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Now India was unsupportive about it because well, India objected it because the OPEC corridor was being laid through its disputed territory; and hence the boycott of OBOR project. And then there was the whole Doklam gimmick that drifted the two countries apart and they were almost on the brink of war, which was then solved by diplomatic dialogues. Things have been pretty romantic between India and China after that – they have been promising for a better future together, and the peace talks, and support for each other – all the sugar, you know.
Taking the la vie en rose relationship to another level, China said on Thursday that it welcome participation of other countries – including India – to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative on the basis of voluntarism. Skipping a heartbeat there, the Indian government said on Friday that it hoped the policy set by China will promote India-China relations and continue maintaining peace and stability in sensitive regions. And that India hopes that they are open to support the Belt and Road initiative but its connectivity must be open and equitable.
This is a good sign from both sides, because India had skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing in May this year, when 29 other countries participated. The boycott was meant to highlight the concerns that India is facing because of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passed through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir; and nobody messes with that area – or India pisses off. But it is good to see a sense of positivism now, may peace be with us all.