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China’s statement on Monday welcomed the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor announced during the G20 summit, with the condition that it doesn’t serve as a “geopolitical tool.” At the same time, China downplayed Italy’s decision to withdraw from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed its support for initiatives that genuinely help developing countries in building infrastructure and promoting connectivity and mutual development. They stressed the importance of these connectivity initiatives being open, inclusive, and fostering cooperation, rather than being used for geopolitical purposes. This response was conveyed in a written statement to PTI when asked about China’s stance on the new corridor.

During the G20 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans for the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor, involving India, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the European Union, France, Italy, Germany, and the US. Modi described this partnership as a historic step, envisioning it as a significant means of economic integration between India, West Asia, and Europe, aiming to boost connectivity and sustainable global development.

US President Joe Biden also praised the agreement, emphasizing its focus on clean energy and improved communities. Analysts view this corridor as a significant global connectivity project, potentially rivaling China’s BRI, which has faced criticism for its sustainability, especially among smaller nations.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, initiated by President Xi Jinping in 2013, aims to connect China with Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa, and Europe through a network of land and sea routes, reminiscent of the historic Silk Road trade route. Italy’s decision to exit the BRI, citing unmet expectations and domestic opposition, poses a significant challenge to China’s ambitious project, especially as China prepares to host the third BRI conference in Beijing next month.

If Italy proceeds with its withdrawal, it could be seen as a setback for President Xi’s flagship initiative. Discussions about the BRI reportedly took place during talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni during the G20 summit in New Delhi. While the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson did not directly address the BRI issue, she emphasized that over the past decade, the initiative has gained participation from more than 150 countries and cooperation partners, delivering tangible benefits. She highlighted mutual interests in further exploring cooperation potential and strengthening the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Italy, both being ancient civilizations at opposite ends of the historic Silk Road.

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