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China Excludes BCIM Economic Corridor its BRI Umbrella

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
China Excludes BCIM Economic Corridor its BRI Umbrella China Excludes BCIM Economic Corridor its BRI Umbrella Reviewed by Neha Verma on April 30, 2019 Rating: 5

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