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An unusual strongly worded protest to beijing

Updated: May 23, 2015 5:03 pm

India seems to have developed spine since the advent of the Modi government. The language used in the protest lodged by it has been seldom used especially when Prime Minister was hours away from flying to China on a State visit.

India registered in unusually strong language against China’s 46 billion dollar investment in an economic corridor intended to create a network of roads, railways and pipelines linking China’s west to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. The project is part of Beijing’s plan to expand its trade and transport footprint across Central and South Asia; it will give China easier access to Middle Eastern oil via the port of Gwadar in southwest Pakistan.

The Chinese envoy in Delhi was also summoned to object to China routing its economic corridor through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, but President Xi Jingping had dismissed objections, describing the economic corridor as “a commercial project.”

In Beijing, meanwhile, state media has published a scathing assessment of PM Modi, accusing him of “playing little tricks over border disputes and security issues, hoping to boost his domestic prestige while increasing his leverage in negotiations with China.” The report, printed by a state-run think tank, says the PM must not visit Arunachal Pradesh, which China regards as disputed territory, and says “the Indian government should completely stop supporting the Dalai Lama.”

A source said Mr Modi is very clear that any act which is adverse to the country’s interest will be strongly objected to but that should not stop attempts for brokering a peaceful ties.

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