At the summit of the Chinese-dominated Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), India on Monday reiterated that it was not ready to compromise before China’s expansionist policies. At this meeting of the Heads of Government of the SCO member countries, India will not support China’s Border Road Initiative (a project to connect all the countries of the world by sea, road and rail). This was the first meeting of the heads of SCO member countries chaired by India. India was represented by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. In addition to China, it was attended by high-ranking representatives of the governments of Iran, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Belarus.
India is concerned about terrorism: Venkaiah Naidu
Naidu has left no stone unturned in his presidential address to promote Pakistan. Without naming Pakistan, he said, “India is concerned about the promotion of terrorism in many places, especially in some places where terrorism is being promoted as a government policy, which is even more worrying.” Such an attitude is contrary to the principles and opinions of the SCO.
He also lamented the Pakistan party meeting of other multinational bodies like SCO to raise bilateral issues. The SCO is an important regional organization, Naidu said. Such an attempt is against the accepted principles of the SCO, which promises to protect the sovereignty and geographical integrity of each member country. It could reverse the SCO’s efforts to promote trust and cooperation. A joint statement issued after the meeting said that Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have supported China’s Forest Belt, One Road (OMOR) Initiative (BRI).
Omar’s first protest was in 2016 by India.
The two countries discussed ongoing projects, including the Euroeconomic Union and the One Belt One Road.
The Chinese government has been promoting and operating the project in the name of BRI due to opposition to “Omor”. Omar may have been deliberately mentioned at the SCO meeting.
Because in the year 2016, “Omor” was first opposed by India. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, built from China to Pakistan, is part of this omor.
India says it is using the part of Jammu and Kashmir that Pakistan has occupied. After India’s protests, many countries, including the US, France, Australia and Japan, have questioned China’s projects, which do not respect the sovereignty of any other country.
Many experts believe that China’s stance was more aggressive after seeing India’s opposition and the Doklam crisis erupted in 2017 and now the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh (since May 2020) has been disputed. The armies of both the countries are also facing severe cold.