China plays down ‘boycott’ of BRF by India

China on Monday played down India’s reported plans to boycott the upcoming second Belt and Road Forum (BRF), saying India may have misunderstood the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China suggested to New Delhi to “wait and see” before taking a decision.

The BRI is a multi-billion dollar initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013. It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. China is expected to hold the second BRF meeting from April 25 to 27 here. Beijing has already said that officials of over 100 countries, besides 40 government leaders, have agreed to take part in it.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that the BRI is an economic cooperation project and it does not involve territorial disputes. “The Indian comments are on not participating in the BRI for various reasons. Read More

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