China’s Xi rejects geopolitics behind BRI: Will India bite the bait?

Amid persistent anxieties about the nature of the Belt and Road (BRI) project among a host of countries, including India, China’s President Xi Jinping has rejected any ulterior “geopolitical calculations” behind the BRI and underlined China’s commitment to “building a community with a shared future for mankind.”
“China has no geopolitical calculations, seeks no exclusionary blocs and imposes no business deals on others,” the Chinese leader said at the Boao Forum for Asia, popularly known as ‘Asia’s Davos’, in the island of Hainan. He also assured that the project does not impose any unfavourable deals on any countries.

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China’s Xi rejects Cold War mentality, pitches for open economy & trade

Amid the rising wave of protectionism and escalating Beijing-Washington trade war, Chinese President Xi Jinping has rejected “Cold War mentality” and projected himself as an apostle of globalization at the Boao Forum for Asia in the island of Hainan.
“China’s reform and opening up will definitely succeed and a Cold War mentality, zero sum thinking and isolationism are outdated,” Mr Xi told top industrialists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders at the Boao Forum. The Chinese leader’s comments were a veiled critique of US President Donald Trump’s America First world view and protectionist policies.

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It is Doklam again: Will it lead to another confrontation?

On last Sunday, 25 March, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in Dehra Dun that India is “alert and ready for any unforeseen situation in Doklam”. Adding that the government was constantly working to modernise the forces and that they would be ready to “maintain our territorial integrity.”
This was a day after India’a Ambassador to Beijing, Gautam Bambawale, told the South China Morning Post in an interview that any attempt by China to change the status quo along the Indian border may lead to another Doklam-like standoff.
Earlier in the month, Sitharaman had told the Rajya Sabha that the forces of the two countries had redeployed themselves away from the point of the standoff in last June. In response to a question on Chinese activity there, she said that “in order to maintain these troops during winter, PLA has undertaken construction of some infrastructure, including sentry posts, trenches and helipads.”

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