Friday, 21 April 2017

Dialogue on BCIM corridor to resume next week

Dialogue on BCIM corridor (गलियारा)to resume next week

Negotiations on the stalled Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor are set to resume(दुबारा आरम्भ करना) next week in Kolkata. After a gap of over two years, the meeting of Joint Study Group (JSG) of academics and officials of the four countries on April 25-26 is expected to finalise the road map for the BCIM economic corridor, scholars at a seminar at Nanchong, southwest China revealed. The China West Normal University is hosting a conference of scholars from China, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka on the prospects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in South Asia. The last meeting of the BCIM was held Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh in December 2014. There is a perception among Chinese scholars that India had become lukewarm to the BCIM project and linked it to its reservations on the China-Pakistan-Economic corridor which passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Indian officials, however, declined that there was a connection between the two.

India’s support

However, there was a view expressed at the conference about India’s readiness for participation in standalone connectivity projects with China, which were not necessarily connected with the Beijing-led BRI. Both the BCIM and the CPEC predate the formal launch of the BRI.

Separately, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had, at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, referred to the BCIM economic corridor. He had said that the four countries are ready to advance the economic corridor within the framework of the BRI.

The BCIM economic corridor hopes to connect Kolkata with Kunming, capital of the Yunnan province. It envisages formation of a thriving economic belt, focusing on cross-border transport, energy and telecommunication networks.

Starting from Kunming, the route passes through nodal points, such as Mandalay and Lashio in Myanmar. It heads towards Kolkata after passing through Manipur and Silchar, before crossing Bangladesh via Sylhet and Dhaka, with branches extending to the ports of Cox Bazar and Chittagong.

Definitions of resume दुबारा आरम्भ करना

begin to do or pursue (something) again after a pause or interruption.
a day later normal service was resumed
synonyms: restart, recommence, begin again, start again, reopen, renew, return to, continue with, carry on with; return to, come back to, take up again, reoccupy

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