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India Should Shed “Strategic Anxiety” and Join BRI: Chinese Daily

“Instead of being rivals, the two countries could become cooperative partners”, Xinhua wrote.

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File photo of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo: Reuters)

India should shed its "strategic anxiety" over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and join the Belt and Road Initiative to become a cooperative partner and not a rival, Xinhua – a state-run Chinese news agency – said on Sunday, amid a standoff between the two nations in the Sikkim sector.

The commentary in Xinhua, India's China-phobia Might Lead To Strategic Myopia, criticised New Delhi's boycott of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) conference held in May and asked India to shed its "China anxiety".

India boycotted the BRF after sovereignty concerns over the $50-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which traverses through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Then, India said the Chinese ambitious initiative must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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The piece did not mention the CPEC by name, but referred to the BRI – the umbrella project under which the CPEC falls.

The commentary in Xinhua, considered an official view, said "despite its strategic discomfort, it is important for India to get over its 'China anxiety' and carefully assess the initiative, recognise its potential benefits and seize the opportunities".

“Instead of being rivals, the two countries – both of which are ancient civilisations – endowed with a rich history, could become cooperative partners,” it said, citing the speech of Liu Jinsong, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy in India, who had said “the sky and ocean of Asia are big enough for the dragon and the elephant to dance together, which will bring about a true Asian age.”

After India's boycott of the BRF, official Chinese media have been carrying out articles asking India to reconsider its decision to not back the BRI.

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