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Connectivity projects should respect country’s sovereignty: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said connectivity projects are India’s priority but such programmes should respect any country’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity.

Apprently targeting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s OBOR project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said connectivity projects are India’s priority but such programmes should respect any country’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity.

India has been opposing Beijing’s Belt and Road project, whose key artery cuts through the disputed Kashmir held by Pakistan and claimed by India.

At the restricted session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao, Modi said connectivity not only meant physical contact but also people-to-people contact.

“We have again reached a stage where physical and digital connectivity is changing the definition of geography. Therefore, connectivity with our neighbourhood and in the SCO region is our priority,” Modi said.

“We welcome any new connectivity project, which is inclusive, sustainable and transparent and respects country’s sovereignty and regional integrity.

“India’s active participation in the development of international North South Transport Corridor, Chabahar port shows our commitment,” the Prime Minister said.

Chinese President rebuts PM Modi 

Terming attendence of India and Pakistan at SCO summit as historic, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “Presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain is of great historic significance.The entry of India and Pakistan into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation would bolster its strength.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said “We should reject self-centered, short-sighted and closed-door policies. We should uphold WTO rules and support the multilateral trading system so as to build an open world economy.”

He says in the next three years, China will provide 3,000 training opportunities of human resources development for SCO member states to enhance public understanding of and support for the SCO family.

Chinese President calls for the pursuit of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. “We should reject the Cold War mentality and confrontation between blocs and oppose the practices of seeking absolute security of oneself at the expense of the security of other countries, so as to achieve security of all.”

Kyrgyzstan will take over rotating presidency of SCO after 2018 summit ends, says Chinese President Xi Jinping.

11:43am: Xi Jinping says: We have had an in-depth exchange of views on major international and regional issues. We have ratified an action plan for implementing the treaty on long term good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation of the SCO member states.

“The members will work together to fight terrorism, extremism, and drug trade,” he adds.

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