Transport corridors collided with the realities of geopolitics

India once again refused to support China's Belt and Road Initiative, with Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar stating that any international transit project must respect the territorial integrity of nations and international law. This is written by the Indian resource The Wire.

At the same time, a New Delhi spokesperson touted Chabahar Port and the North-South International Transport Corridor as an alternative.

Jaishankar argued that "transport projects must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, as well as international law." It was a nod specifically to the Chinese transit initiative, which was criticized by India. In particular, they talked about the fact that spending on the "One Belt, One Road" is not feasible for many countries in material terms, driving them into bondage.

But that's not all. The factor of unresolved territorial disputes also plays its role.

India's objection to territorial integrity stems from resistance to the "China-Pakistan Economic Corridor" as it runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Ladakh

- stated in the said article.

The North-South International Corridor is a joint project of Russia, Iran, India and Azerbaijan, which aims to speed up the exchange of goods in this part of Eurasia and create a fast alternative to the Suez Canal.

It provides for the modernization of the road, rail and port infrastructure of the countries involved, the simplification of transit procedures, etc.

Previously, European (in particular, Scandinavian) countries were expected to participate in the piloting of the initiative, and last summer a test shipment of Finnish cargo to India took place. However, the new geopolitical reality has completely nullified these plans for the foreseeable future.

In addition, there is the idea of ​​an alternative corridor line going through Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, these prospects are much more vague for reasons of the same geopolitical plan.

Although the Chinese "One Belt, One Road" and the international transport corridor North-South are not direct competitors (in particular, Azerbaijan is ready to host both projects), a number of analysts tend to consider them as such. At the same time, the West is skeptical, and even openly hostile to each of the initiatives that are not under its auspices.
  • Photos used: Fotoworkshop4You/
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Joker62 Offline Joker62
    Joker62 (Ivan) 4 November 2022 09: 10
    One belt, one transit is a hidden noose from the Chinese.

    Fear Danians bringing gifts!

    And the Indians will be right.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 5 November 2022 23: 58
      Everything is simpler here, each country has its own priorities and needs. For Russia, the Chinese Silk Road is good and the North-South is needed. So in Chinese and the answer: let all the flowers bloom in the clearing ...
  2. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 4 November 2022 15: 27
    All roads lead to Rome. Only Rome is different for everyone.
  3. lord-palladore-11045 (Konstantin Puchkov) 7 November 2022 12: 23
    It seems that the Chinese outwitted themselves, at first they wanted to pave their way through Russia, and then they decided to lead through Central Asia. But there was a misfire - the Central Asian tigers did not have enough gold reserves ... But they still cannot do without the Russian "North - South".