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India refuses to support China’s Belt and Road project at SCO meet

India has repeatedly said it will not join BRI because it does not offer a level playing ground to the country’s businesses.
BRI or the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, President Xi Jinping’s flagship programme for trade and connectivity, was backed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. (Photo @MEAIndia)
BRI or the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, President Xi Jinping’s flagship programme for trade and connectivity, was backed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. (Photo @MEAIndia)
Updated on Nov 30, 2020 09:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

China sends hardcore ambassadors to South Asia to push BRI and undermine India

The United Front Works Department has more power in the Chinese system than the foreign ministry and the appointment of UFWD officials to ambassadorial positions in South Asia indicates the seriousness in which China is pushing its influence in the region.
The modus operandi of UFWD is to target opinion makers and try to co-opt them to support China’s cause.
The modus operandi of UFWD is to target opinion makers and try to co-opt them to support China’s cause.
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 10:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByShishir Gupta

Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand lead in Broadband Readiness Index

Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand have fared better on the criteria set by the Central government for the Broadband Readiness Index (BRI).
The Broadband Readiness Index (BRI ) was launched in association with economic policy think-tank Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) last year to further expand the broadband network across the country.(AFP/Getty Images)
The Broadband Readiness Index (BRI ) was launched in association with economic policy think-tank Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) last year to further expand the broadband network across the country.(AFP/Getty Images)
Published on Sep 06, 2020 12:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor impinge India’s sovereignty’: Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh at Raisina Dialogue

Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said there have been instances when PLA (China) ships entered our Exclusive Economic Zones wherein we had to tell them that this impinges on our issue
The Navy chief, cautioning China against its increasing involvement in the Indian Ocean, said the navy is watching carefully(ANI)
The Navy chief, cautioning China against its increasing involvement in the Indian Ocean, said the navy is watching carefully(ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Pompeo under a spell, says China after he slams BRI project in Delhi

Both Washington and New Delhi have stayed away from the BRI with the former describing it as a debt trap and the latter having sovereignty issues because its flagship artery, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir.
With Indian external affairs minister, S Jaishankar by his side, Pompeo said countries which have signed up for BRI, a cluster of infrastructure projects connecting China to the rest of Asia and beyond, don’t just have “strings attached but shackles”.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
With Indian external affairs minister, S Jaishankar by his side, Pompeo said countries which have signed up for BRI, a cluster of infrastructure projects connecting China to the rest of Asia and beyond, don’t just have “strings attached but shackles”.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 06:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

At SCO Summit, India holds off on endorsing China’s Belt and Road project

The declaration noted that ongoing work to implement BRI includes efforts to align Eurasian Economic Union projects with those under China’s initiative.
India stayed away from both Belt and Road Forums hosted by China. India’s concerns about BRI are expected discussed when Xi and Modi meet at second informal summit in October.(HT Photo)
India stayed away from both Belt and Road Forums hosted by China. India’s concerns about BRI are expected discussed when Xi and Modi meet at second informal summit in October.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 16, 2019 11:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

India and Japan can provide an alternative to BRI

Their collaboration in developing the Colombo airport sets the right example in a country troubled by China’s predatory loans
After having surrendered the control of Hambantota port to a Chinese firm, Sri Lanka became the poster child of all that could wrong with BRI investments(The New York Times)
After having surrendered the control of Hambantota port to a Chinese firm, Sri Lanka became the poster child of all that could wrong with BRI investments(The New York Times)
Published on May 21, 2019 07:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

India should deliver on its projects in Nepal, not worry about Nepal joining the BRI

Given its geographic proximity, India can get more impact out of its investments at a fraction of the costs incurred by China
Connectivity with China is an issue of bipartisan consensus in Nepal. Even if the opposition comes to power, they cannot entirely sway away from the current policy of pursuing better relations with China(AFP)
Connectivity with China is an issue of bipartisan consensus in Nepal. Even if the opposition comes to power, they cannot entirely sway away from the current policy of pursuing better relations with China(AFP)
Published on May 14, 2019 09:58 PM IST
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ByBishal Chalise

I believe connectivity is the key to addressing the India-China trade deficit

The main theme of the BRI is to achieve win-win cooperation. We expect India to be part of the initiative
During the Wuhan Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that the BCIM construction should be speeded up. We expect that the fourth meeting of the Joint Study Group would be held later this year to complete the joint study report(PTI)
During the Wuhan Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that the BCIM construction should be speeded up. We expect that the fourth meeting of the Joint Study Group would be held later this year to complete the joint study report(PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2019 08:59 PM IST
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ByLuo Zhaohui

The communique is good but will it be reflected in BRI governance?

China used the second Belt and Road Forum to address international concerns about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It is time China converted BRI into a genuinely multilateral initiative
Chinese President Xi Jinping raises his glass and proposes a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet, after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019(REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping raises his glass and proposes a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet, after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 29, 2019 08:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

China shores up projects in Nepal, Myanmar under Belt and Road

The naming of the bilateral projects with Nepal coincided with Beijing dropping the BCIM or the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Corridor from the BRI projects’ list.
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 29, 2019 05:10 PM IST
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Beijing, Hindustan Times | BySutirtho Patranobis

Agreements worth over $64 billion signed at BRF meet: Chinese president Xi Jinping

Those who attended the BRF meeting included Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and heads of several Asian, African and Latin American countries besides heads of the UN and the IMF. India and the US skipped the meeting.
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2019 05:45 PM IST
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Imran Khan for enhanced cooperation among BRI countries to combat climate change

Pakistan will partner with all those who share the vision for a peaceful and prosperous world, he said while speaking at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) here.
China is holding the BRF, which provides a platform to countries participating in the BRI, from April 25 to 27 here.(HT Photo)
China is holding the BRF, which provides a platform to countries participating in the BRI, from April 25 to 27 here.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 06:22 PM IST
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Beijing | ByPress Trust of India

At China’s BRI meet, President Xi skips fresh funds pledge amid talk of debt-trap

India has skipped the BRF as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, raising New Delhi’s sovereignty concerns.
The BRI, launched in 2013, has also been criticised for ensnaring smaller countries into “debt-trap diplomacy” and high cost of projects.(AFP)
The BRI, launched in 2013, has also been criticised for ensnaring smaller countries into “debt-trap diplomacy” and high cost of projects.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 07:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

Pak, China to begin CPEC second phase meet, says Imran Khan in Beijing as India stays away

The CPEC is the most high-profile artery in President Xi Jinping’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), multi-billion dollar inter-continental connectivity plan that aims to revive ancient land and sea trade routes between China, rest of Asia and Europe.
Imran Khan was delivering his speech at the second Belt and Road International Forum for Cooperation (BRF), which India has skipped(Reuters)
Imran Khan was delivering his speech at the second Belt and Road International Forum for Cooperation (BRF), which India has skipped(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 27, 2019 08:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

Envoy for more bonhomie between Chinese provinces, Indian states

Citing an instance, Consul general of China in Kolkata, Zha Liyou said such ties among twin cities between China and other countries are much higher -- Japan (250), US (over 200), Russia (140) and Germany (40).
Talking about eastern India, he said the region occupies an important place in the context of China, as it is the land of Lord Buddha.(HT photo)
Talking about eastern India, he said the region occupies an important place in the context of China, as it is the land of Lord Buddha.(HT photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2019 07:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

India needs to execute its vision on regional connectivity

New Delhi has laid out the key criteria that connectivity initiatives such as the BRI should fulfil
India’s primary problem with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Said to be the flagship project of the BRI, the corridor passes through territory occupied by China but claimed by India(REUTERS)
India’s primary problem with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Said to be the flagship project of the BRI, the corridor passes through territory occupied by China but claimed by India(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 25, 2019 09:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

China stresses cooperation, ties after India boycotts BRI forum

New Delhi has consistently told Beijing a key component of BRI, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, violates India’s territorial sovereignty as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
National-Flag-of-China-and-India-at-Vijay-Chowk-on-Rajpath(HT file photo)
National-Flag-of-China-and-India-at-Vijay-Chowk-on-Rajpath(HT file photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2019 12:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

India stands its ground on China’s Belt and Road plan, to skip mega meet

Chinese officials have said about 40 foreign government leaders and representatives of more than 100 countries have confirmed their participation in the forum, expected to be held in Beijing during April 26-27.
For India, the biggest concern remains the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which New Delhi says affects sovereignty and territorial integrity as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.(AFP PHOTO)
For India, the biggest concern remains the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which New Delhi says affects sovereignty and territorial integrity as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.(AFP PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 18, 2019 10:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar

China on India’s concerns: ‘BRI doesn’t involve territorial disputes

India has consistently kept away from BRI — a project to connect China with Asia and Europe — because the CPEC, which is a part of it, passes through PoK.
China’s foreign ministry indicated that it was willing for India to join the BRI later.(HT File Photo)
China’s foreign ministry indicated that it was willing for India to join the BRI later.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2019 12:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

Under Belt and Road Initiative, China builds rail line in Sri Lanka, a first since 1948

China has said that it has built a rail line in Sri Lanka under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project. It said it was the first rail line to be built in Sri Lanka since 1948.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang speaks during a briefing in Beijing.(AFP file)
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang speaks during a briefing in Beijing.(AFP file)
Updated on Apr 09, 2019 07:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

BRI doesn’t respect territorial integrity: Indian envoy to China

Indian ambassador Vikram Misri also virtually ruled out any Indian participation in next month’s high-profile second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF).
The Indian envoy explained New Delhi’s very-public unease on the BRI without mentioning CPEC or PoK.(HT File Photo)
The Indian envoy explained New Delhi’s very-public unease on the BRI without mentioning CPEC or PoK.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2019 09:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

Opinion | China’s master plan: A weak Indian regime to emerge from elections

If India is to safeguard its interests and expand its global footprint, its next government would need a more clear-headed and self-assured foreign policy, particularly for addressing the China challenge
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping in a house boat, Wuhan, China, April 28, 2018(PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping in a house boat, Wuhan, China, April 28, 2018(PIB)
Updated on Feb 15, 2019 08:02 PM IST
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ByBrahma Chellaney

The BRI is bad, but it has no worthy competitor

India, Japan, Australia and the US need to put more money in ideas that can compete with the Chinese programme
The port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, which was built by one state-owned Chinese company and is now operated by another. Sri Lanka has become the poster boy of all that is wrong with the Belt and Road Initiative(The New York Times)
The port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, which was built by one state-owned Chinese company and is now operated by another. Sri Lanka has become the poster boy of all that is wrong with the Belt and Road Initiative(The New York Times)
Updated on Feb 06, 2019 05:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

China’s BRI is facing resistance in region, says ministry report

India has refused to participate in BRI citing sovereignty issues because the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
India has refused to participate in BRI citing sovereignty issues because the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).(AP File Photo)
India has refused to participate in BRI citing sovereignty issues because the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).(AP File Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2019 07:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySudhi Ranjan Sen

Border resolution main focus of 21st Indo-China meet on Friday

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will discuss security along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), belt and road initiative (BRI) and other issues with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi.
National security advisor Ajit Doval leaves for the city of Chengdu in South-west China on Thursday for the 21st round of Special Representative Dialogues between India and China on boundary resolution.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
National security advisor Ajit Doval leaves for the city of Chengdu in South-west China on Thursday for the 21st round of Special Representative Dialogues between India and China on boundary resolution.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2018 07:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Beijing | ByShishir Gupta and Suthirto Patronobis

India, Dalai Lama blocking Beijing from using Buddhism as soft power, say Chinese scholars

Buddhist scholars had gathered this week in northwest China’s Qinghai province to discuss how to leverage Buddhism in constructing and expanding the BRI.
His Holiness Dalai Lama addresses teachers after the inauguration of Happiness Curriculum of the Delhi government at Thyagraj Sports Complex in New Delhi, in July 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
His Holiness Dalai Lama addresses teachers after the inauguration of Happiness Curriculum of the Delhi government at Thyagraj Sports Complex in New Delhi, in July 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2018 06:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

In meeting with Pakistan, China says those who oppose Belt and Road Initiative will ‘never succeed’

India has repeatedly objected to CPEC, saying the trade and transit corridor violates its territorial integrity since it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan and China's national flags fly in the foreground as soldiers from both countries stand together for a group shot after holding joint military exercises in Jhelum, located in Pakistan's Punjab province.(Reuters File Photo)
Pakistan and China's national flags fly in the foreground as soldiers from both countries stand together for a group shot after holding joint military exercises in Jhelum, located in Pakistan's Punjab province.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2018 08:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis, Beijing

As China courts central and eastern Europe, whither India?

The main obstacle, other than scale, is the lack of exposure and knowledge about opportunities in each other’s countries among business communities in India and the CEE states. Greater political engagement can help to rectify some of that.
The Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic. President Kovind is on a visit to Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. The central and eastern Europe (CEE), long seen as an area of competing Russian and western interests, has not always featured prominently in India’s foreign policy agenda.(shutterstok.com)
The Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic. President Kovind is on a visit to Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. The central and eastern Europe (CEE), long seen as an area of competing Russian and western interests, has not always featured prominently in India’s foreign policy agenda.(shutterstok.com)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 12:48 AM IST
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ByDhruva Jaishankar and Yamini Sharma

Nepal willing to enhance cross-border connectivity, trade with China under BRI: Oli

In Beijing, KP Sharma Oli will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, and is expected to sign major infrastructure projects to further deepen bilateral ties.
Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will visit China for the first time since his re-election.(AFP File Photo)
Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will visit China for the first time since his re-election.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2018 06:26 PM IST
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