India ignores Chinese forum dedicated to new Silk Road
India has not sent an official delegation to the forum dedicated to the new Silk Road, which opened in China on Sunday (14), reports the Indian agency PTI. According to media, some Indian scientists participate in the forum but there are no official representatives of the country, although India has received an official invitation. The day before, the official representative of the Foreign Ministry of India, Gopal Baglay, did not give a clear answer as to whether or not the country would attend the event. He reiterated India’s position that “regional transport infrastructure development initiatives should be based on internationally recognized standards, quality management and equality.” Baglay called China to a concrete dialogue on India’s concerns with a number of aspects of the Chinese initiative. India criticizes the Silk Road initiative as one of the key infrastructure projects is the Sino-Pakistani economic corridor through the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan, part of the historic region of Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. The Gilgit-Baltistan is controlled by Pakistan, while India considers the territory as its own.