China Excludes BCIM Economic Corridor its BRI Umbrella

Published on April 30, 2019
India's decision to skip the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) may have led to the exclusion of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor from the list of projects covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) umbrella.
China Excludes BCIM Economic Corridor its BRI Umbrella

Details:

  • In an annex tagged with the Joint Communique of the Leaders' Roundtable of the BRF, the Chinese Foreign Ministry website has not listed the BCIM as a project covered by the BRI.
  • BRI is the giant connectivity initiative speared by China to revive the ancient Silk Road across Eurasia and Africa.
  • The BRF was concluded in Beijing, China.

Three major undertakings covering South Asia:

  • The China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC)
  • The Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-dimensional Connectivity Network, including Nepal-China cross-border railway
  • The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

India's non-participation in BRF:

  • India, for the second time, did not participate in the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), as the CPEC passes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), citing sovereignty concerns.
  • The 2,800-km BCIM corridor proposes to link Kunming in China's Yunnan province with Kolkata, passing through nodes such as Mandalay in Myanmar and Dhaka in Bangladesh before heading to Kolkata.

Question:

Q. China excludes which project from the list of projects covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) umbrella?
a. Bhutan-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor
b. Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor
c. Nepal-China-India-Myanmar (NCIM) economic corridor
d. Thailand-China-India-Myanmar (TCIM) economic corridor

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