India today skipped the opening ceremony of China’s Belt and Road Forum following sovereignty concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
No Indian delegation was seen at the opening ceremony addressed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
When inquired, Indian diplomats here pointed to the statement issued by MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay last night.
“…No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
Few Indian scholars attended the meeting. Media was not permitted into the conference hall, where the opening ceremony took place.