External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s clear message on BRI to China, ‘No serious connectivity initiative can be one-way’, No serious connectivity can ever be a one-way street: S Jaishankar
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s clear message on BRI to China  |  Photo Credits: ANI
New Delhi : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told a regional conference in Tashkent on Friday that trust in connectivity is essential as it cannot be one-sided and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are its fundamental principles in international relations. He also said that connectivity efforts should be based on economic viability and financial liability and should not create debt burden.
Jaishankar’s remarks are being seen indirectly in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). He said that no serious connectivity initiative can be one-sided and the real issue is “of attitude and not of controversy”. The External Affairs Minister said that no one is going to benefit from such contacts in which principles are talked about, but conduct is contrary to this.
There has been global criticism of BRI
It is noteworthy that the BRI has been widely condemned as many countries have been buried under China’s debt due to this. Jaishankar in his address said that while expanding connectivity between Central Asia and South Asia, there is a need to look at all its dimensions, not just physical infrastructure.
The conference ‘Central and South Asia: Connectivity’ is hosted by Uzbekistan with an aim to strengthen connectivity between the two regions. It was attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and leaders of about 35 countries.
‘Confidence in building contacts is essential’
Jaishankar said, “Tourism and social relations can help in creating a good environment. But building connectivity requires trust and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are its fundamental principles in international relations. The External Affairs Minister said that connectivity efforts should be based on economic viability and financial obligation and should not lead to debt burden.
“These should encourage economic activity and not create debt burden,” he said. For this, ecological and environmental standards, as well as skill and technology transfer, are essential. Contact should be interactive, transparent and participatory.
‘The role of the three C’s is important’
Jaishankar said that reliable connectivity within and through Afghanistan requires the world to have confidence in its governance and move forward with development and prosperity, peace and security. “Our contact discussions expect the predictability of our times, the competence and compliance with the rules,” he said.
The External Affairs Minister said that economic growth is universally driven by the three ‘C’s – ‘connectivity (connectivity), commerce (commerce) and contacts (relationship)’ and these three need to come together to ensure regional cooperation and prosperity. needed.
“The challenge before us is that politics, vested interests and instability can be massive impediments to its implementation. Lessons have also been learned from our experience which need to be understood.
‘Cannot be one-sided, serious contact initiative’
Jaishankar said, “The real issue is of attitude and not of controversies. Nothing is to be gained from a contact that talks of principle, but conducts the contrary. A one-sided vote of business rights and obligations can never work. Any serious connectivity initiative cannot be one-sided.
EAM also mentioned the practical steps taken by India since 2016 to implement Chabahar Port in Iran. “It provides a safe, viable and unhindered access to the sea for Central Asian countries,” he said. Its potential has now been clearly proven. We have a proposal to include Chabahar port in the North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC).
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