India on Wednesday signaled that it will boycott China’s second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Beijing is set to hold the second Belt and Road forum in April and the tone of Vikram Misri, India’s envoy to China, in an interview to state media suggests that New Delhi will skip the event for the second time, marking its protest.
“India shares the global aspiration to strengthen connectivity and it is an integral part of our economic and diplomatic initiatives,” Misri said.
“However, it is also our belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms, good governance and rule of law. “They must emphasise social stability and environmental protection and preservation, promote skill and technology transfers and follow principles of openness, transparency and financial sustainability,” Misri added.