India welcome to join BRI: China

India welcome to join BRI: China

China on Tuesday said its "doors will always remain open" for India's participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), despite New Delhi's decision not to participate in a two-day brainstorming forum held in Beijing to advance the transnational connectivity project.

"I do not know what the spokesperson (of MEA was) trying to say".

The two-day event is the highest-level forum on the Belt and Road Initiative since the Chinese president first raised the concept in 2013.

China announced at the May 14-15 forum that it will provide assistance worth 60 billion yuan (8.7 billion USA dollars) in the coming three years to developing countries and global organizations participating in the Belt and Road Initiative to improve people's well-being. "I think our ideas and actions are there for all to see". "Over the past four years since the project was initiated, we have been holding the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits", she observed.

India skipped the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the United States dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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The Belt and Road Initiative is highly aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the new agreements will help Belt and Road countries realize the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, said Yu. Hua asserted that China has already made its position clear on the Kashmir issue over which the Indian side is concerned.

Italy is willing to participate in cooperation under the Belt and Road framework, particularly in the field of infrastructure, and to strengthen collaboration with China in areas linked to economy, technology, agriculture, public health, education, culture, tourism as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, he said.

Ms. Hua said the forum was a success. "We welcome participation from all countries to share the development opportunities", he added.

The project through which China wants to build a new 21st-century silk route, both land and maritime, and other similar initiatives which would lead to increasing connectivity with Asian and European countries and solidify its place in the world as a major trading partner.

About the BRF which concluded yesterday, Hua said it built consensus, pointed direction for worldwide cooperation, chartered course and identified action plans.

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