|Published : 19 Apr 2017, 12:47:19 | Updated : 19 Apr 2017, 19:02:02|
BCIM talks resume next week after a hiatus of more than two and a half years
The talks on BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) Economic Corridor will resume next week in Kolkata
The officials and scholars from the four countries will meet in Kolkata after a gap of more than two-and-half years.
The last meeting of the Joint Study Group (JSG), which has government sanction, was held at Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh in December 2014.
Officials from the external affairs ministry and scholars and academics from India will take part in the meeting to be held during April 25-26.
The meeting will finalise the JSG report.
According to the plan the BCIM-EC will link Kunming, the capital of China’s southwestern border state of Yunnan, with Kolkata in West Bengal via Mandalay in Myanmar and Dhaka and Chittagong in Bangladesh.
The idea of creating a corridor of regional integrity was first floated in 1999 but there has been little progress in implementing the grand plan.
Officially, China and India say the process of finalising the BCIM is not easy because of several reasons, including the restive nature of the region the planned corridor will pass through.
Privately, diplomats and bureaucrats from the two countries blame each other for the tardy progress.
Though it predates President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by several years, the Chinese government made BCIM part of the BRI, further increasing India’s unease, according to a report published in Hindustan Times.