April 29, 2019

India’s decision to skip the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) may have led to the exclusion of the Bangladesh- China- India- Myanmar (BCIM) Economic corridor from the list of projects covered by the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) umbrella.

Recent development: 

  • After the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) which recently concluded in Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry website has not listed the BCIM as a project covered by the BRI. 

  • Citing “sovereignty” concerns, India, for the second time, has not officially participated in the BRF, as CPEC—a flagship of the BRI—passes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). 

  • Now, South Asia is being covered by three major undertakings under BRI –
    • China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), 

    • Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-dimensional Connectivity Network, including Nepal-China cross-border railway, and 

    • China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 

Source : The Hindu