Knowledge of Chinese financing of infrastructure projects in countries in South Asia: Government

The government said Thursday it is aware that China is funding infrastructure projects, including ports, highways and airports in countries in South Asia. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs B. Muraleedharan said India was committed to building friendly and mutually beneficial relations with all its neighbors as part of its Neighborhood First policy.

He answered a question in Rajya Sabha.

Muraleedharan said the government is constantly monitoring all developments affecting India’s security and taking all necessary measures to protect them.

“The government is aware that China is involved in financing infrastructure projects in South Asian countries, including ports, highways, railways and airports,” Muraleedharan said.

He said India is an active economic partner with its neighbors and is involved in a variety of development projects in those countries.

“India also maintains extensive ties with its neighbors in various areas, including defense and security cooperation, trade and investment, education, culture and people-to-people exchanges,” he said.

Responding to a separate question, Muraleedharan said there had been instances of attacks on Indian nationals and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) in the US, UK and Canada in recent years, and some of these attacks appeared to be racially motivated.

“According to media reports and inputs, there have been attacks on Indian nationals and PIOs in the US, UK and Canada in recent years. Some of these attacks appear to be racially motivated,” he said.

Muraleedharan said the safety and welfare of Indian nationals abroad is the top priority for the government.

“Indian Missions/Consulates in the US, UK and Canada are constantly working with local governments and the Indian community, including measures to ensure their safety and welfare,” he said.

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