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3) India should not join China’s OBOR initiative, until the issues regarding CPEC are resolved. Critically analyse.(250 words)

Topic – India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

3) India should not join China’s OBOR initiative, until the issues regarding CPEC are resolved. Critically analyse.(250 words)

The Hindu

 

Why this question

Despite recent hints (like Wuhan Summit) from both India and China for greater cooperation in their mutual interest, OBOR remains the key issue of contention between the two countries. The main reason behind India’s opposition of the project is CPEC. The question is related to GS-2 syllabus under the following heading-

India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

 

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to bring forward reasons, why India should not join OBOR until the issue of CPEC is resolved. It also demands us to talk about the disadvantages of not joining CPEC and OBOR.

 

Directive word

Critically analyse- we have to dig deep into the question and identify the key issues involved. We have to justify why India should not join OBOR unless concerns around CPEC are allayed. And it wants us to discuss the repercussions of not joining OBOR, CPEC.

 

Structure of the answer

Introduction- Briefly describe CPEC project and relate it to the broader OBOR initiative.

Body

  1. Discuss the key issues involved in CPEC-

E.g sovereignty and territorial integrity issues, investment issues etc.

  1. Discuss the cons of not joining CPEC and OBOR

            E.g development of J and K could be better by joining CPEC,  development in PoK will legitimise Pakistan’s stand, furtherance of China-India rivalry and Pak-China friendship, pressure from other countries joining OBOR etc.

Conclusion– give a clear, justified and balanced opinion on India’s joining of CPEC and mention India’s initiatives like Sagarmala project etc.