India cool on Beijing summit as 'Silk Road' stirs unease

India cool on Beijing summit as 'Silk Road' stirs uneaseBy Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is likely to be represented by local embassy staff or academics this weekend at a major gathering of leaders and ministers on China’s “Silk Road” initiative, reflecting deep unease in New Delhi about the far-reaching project. India’s main objection to China’s plan to build ports, railways and power links across Asia and on to Europe is that the $ 57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key part of the plan, runs through disputed Kashmir. The broader worry for India is that the “Belt and Road” initiative involving hundreds of billions of dollars over the coming decades will cement China’s dominance over Asia, including India’s neighborhood.

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