1. OBOR Live updates: India skips opening ceremony of One Belt One Road summit as China-Pakistan bond

OBOR Live updates: India skips opening ceremony of One Belt One Road summit as China-Pakistan bond

OBOR Live updates: India skipped the opening ceremony of China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit on Sunday morning

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2017 4:02 PM
OBOR live updates, OBOR, One Belt One Road, One Belt One Road live updates, Belt and Road Forum, Belt and Road Forum live, Belt and Road Forum live updates, Belt and Road Forum updates India skipped the opening ceremony of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit. (Source: PTI)

Going by its stand, India skipped the opening ceremony of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit on Sunday morning, reported news agency PTI. The agency reported that no Indian delegation was seen at the opening ceremony which was addressed by Chinese President, Xi Jinping. The meeting called the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) is being attended by 29 heads of state and governments including Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickrmasinghe, besides official delegations from other South Asian countries. So far, India is the only South Asian country that has not signed the deal. Defence experts on Sunday said the Chinese flagship programme ‘One Belt, One Road,’ a network of trade route that seeks to connect Asia, Africa, the West Asia and Europe, poses a major security threat to India as Beijing is trying to encircle New Delhi by undertaking construction projects in the neighbouring countries under the guise of connectivity purposes, reported ANI.

Here are live updates from OBOR summit:

4:00 PM: “This is a historic event. It will build critical pathways in the years to come for economic and financial cooperation, business-to-business collaboration, and people-to-people contacts,” Nawaz Sharif was quoted saying by ANI.

1:30 PM: Xi Jinping told Russian President Putin: China, Russia play role of “ballast stone” in safeguarding world peace, stability, reported news agency Xinhua.

12:12 PM: As China opened one of its biggest foreign policy initiatives since 1949 – the One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing, which is being attended by heads of state and government of over 23 nations, including Pakistan, protests broke out in Gilgit-Baltistan against the ongoing construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project under the Belt and Road initiative, reported news agency ANI.

11:32 AM: Here is what China’s vice primer said at the event:

10:58 AM: UN chief Antonio Guterres urged global efforts to tap Belt and Road potential for common development:

10:37 AM: During his opening speech President Xi Jinping said, “China’s Belt and Road Initiative is based on the historic roots of the Silk Road, it focuses on Asia, Europe and African continents, and is open to all friends.”

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10:10 AM: “It poses a huge security threat to India. It would stand totally encircled from east, west, north, as well as the Indian Ocean Region in a far stronger measure vis-a-vis what it is today,” defence expert P.K. Saighal told ANI.

10:00 AM: When inquired, Indian diplomats here pointed to the statement issued by MEA spokesperson Gopal Bagley last night. “…No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he was quoted saying by PTI.

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