India skirted the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year because of its power worries over the about USD 60 billion CPEC, a lead venture of China’s lofty ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR), which goes through Pakistan-possessed Kashmir (PoK).
The Trump organization today tossed its weight behind India’s resistance to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying it goes through a “questioned domain” and no nation should “place itself into a place of directing” the Belt and Road activity.
India avoided the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year because of its power worries over the about $60 billion CPEC, a leader venture of China’s esteemed One Belt One Road (OBOR), which goes through Pakistan-possessed Kashmir (PoK).
Having come back from his lady outing to India a week ago amid which he met his partner Nirmala Sitharaman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today gave off an impression of being a solid rival of China’s yearning OBOR activity.
“In a globalized world, there are many belts and numerous streets, and nobody country should place itself into a place of directing ‘one belt, one street’,” Secretary Mattis told individuals from the Senate Armed Services Committee amid a Congressional hearing.
“So, the One Belt One Road likewise experiences debated an area, and I think, that in itself demonstrates the defenselessness of attempting to build up that kind of a manage,” he said obviously alluding to India’s position on CPEC.
Secretary Mattis was reacting to an inquiry from Senator Charles Peters over OBOR and China’s strategy in such manner.
“The One Belt One Road system tries to secure China’s control over both the mainland and the oceanic enthusiasm, in their possible any expectation of overwhelming Eurasia and misusing common assets there, things that are surely inconsistent with US strategy. So what part do you see China playing in Afghanistan, and especially identified with their One Belt One Road,” Senator Peter had inquired.