Date: 11 October, 2017
News Title: "Bangladesh Daily Reports Dhaka, Delhi Take Opposite Stand Regarding China’s OBOR, BCIM Corridor"
Editorial: "Dhaka, Delhi Take Opposite Stand Regarding China’s Corridor"
A huge disagreement came in between the relationship of Delhi and Dhaka regarding the proposed Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (Burma) [BCIM] Economic Corridor among Bangladesh, China, India, and Burma. China wants to see this project as a part of their high ambitious One Belt One Road [OBOR] project. However, India has already declined to participate in this project since OBOR finds its route through Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
India claims the entire Kashmir to be its integral part. They consider any international project of another country through that land as a compromise with their sovereignty.
However, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Shahidul Haque made it clear in his visit to New Delhi last week that Bangladesh listens to economic demand above all and will emphasize in building communication with different neighboring countries. As a result, after establishing nearly 100 connectivity project together in last eight-nine years, Bangladesh and India have taken opposite stands regarding BCIM corridor. The root cause of this is the role of China.
Haque made it clear at the India Economic Summit in Delhi that they are not looking at the issue the way India is looking at. He said there, "Sovereignty is the most important thing. However, since we are a small country in terms of geographical and other factors that is why we need to establish communication with the rest of the world to overcome our limitations. That is why we have opened our door long before many other countries in this region. The policy of Sheikh Hasina is very clear. We have to connect for the interest of our countrymen. We cannot just keep ourselves isolated in the name of sovereignty."
However, former Indian diplomat and National Security Advisor Lila Punappa indicated to China and said that it is impossible for India to tolerate a single party showing domination in a multilateral project. According to Punappa’s logic, "Just because of this reason, India wants to follow the slow and steady path in terms of China’s OBOR initiative."
However, Dr. Prabir Dey, Head of ASEAN-INDIA Center believe that if China clarifies that they are not considering BCIM corridor as a party of OBOR initiatives, then the problem could be solved. He is associated with the discussion process directly for a long time. He also reminds that discussion on BCIM is going on long before OBOR.
Printed on 17 Jul 2018 | 10:50 pm