All countries should respect each other’s sovereignty, development paths: Xi Jinping in OBOR forum
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday all countries should respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as he inaugurated the high profile Belt and Road forum boycotted by India due to concerns relating to a controversial economic corridor traversing through PoK.
In his opening address outlining China’s vision, 63- year-old Xi referred to ancient Silk Road and spoke about significance of various civilisations, including the “Indus and Ganges civilisations”.
Without referring to India’s objections to the China- Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC), Xi 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.
India skipped the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the US $50 billion CPEC, which goes through Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK). However, few Indian scholars attended the opening session of the two-day “Belt and Road” conference in Beijing that brought together leaders from 29 countries.
Xi said the Belt and Road initiative is “a project of the century” that will benefit people across the world. Denying any attempts to form a “small group” of nations taking part in the Belt and Road initiative of which CPEC is a part, Xi said China plans to …read more