India has strongly opposed China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at the United Nations forum. When Indian diplomats were registering objections against this controversial project of China, then their mic went off. During this, Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, was sitting in front of the Indian diplomat. Liu is a former Vice Foreign Minister of China.
The real purpose of BRI is something else
The Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The BRI aims to increase China’s influence and connect Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe through a network of land and sea routes. China has made its economic slave by giving loans to many African countries including Sri Lanka, Laos, Pakistan through BRI. However, China’s real aim is to capture the world’s global trade route through this project.
The incident happened in the UN conference held in China
The incident of Indian diplomat switching off the mic happened during the United Nations Sustainable Transport Conference hosted by China. The conference was organized from 14 to 16 October. The sudden mic shutdown of the Indian diplomat during the Chinese protest created a panic and took several minutes to fix.
UN Under-Secretary-General gave time to Indian speaker
Even the video of the next speaker started on screen but it was stopped by UN Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, China’s former deputy foreign minister. Zhenmin urged Priyanka Sohni, Indian diplomat and second secretary at the Indian Embassy here, to continue with her speech.
China expressed grief when the sound system was turned off
After the sound system in the conference room was restored, Zhenmin said, ‘Dear participants, we’re sorry. We were facing some technical issues and started the video of the next speaker. For this I am sorry and asked Sohni to resume his speech. You are lucky… you are welcome again.” The Indian diplomat then continued his speech without any interruption.
Indian diplomat mocks China
Priyanka Sohni said, “We share the aspiration of the international community to increase physical connectivity and we believe this will bring wider economic benefits for all in an equitable and balanced manner. There is some mention of BRI in this conference. Here I would like to say that as far as China’s BRI is concerned, we have been disproportionately affected by it. Its inclusion in the so-called China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infringes on India’s sovereignty. ”
China’s debt-ridden Pakistan praised
The Indian diplomat said that no country can support an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. Before a few speakers from Sohni, a Pakistani diplomat heaped praises on the BRI and CPEC and called it crucial for the region.
Chinese Transport Minister apologizes
At the same time, after the speech of the Indian diplomat, Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiopeng, responding to the criticism made by Sohni, said, “I would like to apologize for the technical glitch when the Indian representative was speaking. ”