India’s decision not to endorse China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative in the SCO poses no threat to the bloc as its structure is democratic enough to allow a member country to opt-out of projects backed by others, its General-Secretary Vladimir Norov said.
Beijing-headquartered Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an eight-member economic and security bloc.
India and Pakistan were admitted into the grouping in 2017. Its founding members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
In a wide-ranging interview with PTI, Norov, who is also a former foreign minister of Uzbekistan, addressed issues related to India’s role in the bloc which is focused on the economic and security related issues including the joint cooperation to counter-terrorism.
India has strong reservations over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is officially declared as its flagship project.
New Delhi has gone public with its concern on Beijing’s strategic initiative at various international fora over the past years. The government is specifically concerned over the CPEC that passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).