The meeting was held in a hybrid, direct-online manner under the theme “Shared Development: Principles and Practices from the Perspective of Ocean Economy” in Kunming, Yunnan province, the statement said. Representatives of 19 countries and three international organizations including Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Oman, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, Djibouti and Australia attended the meeting. Took part in
According to sources, India was reportedly not invited. Last year, China held a meeting with some South Asian countries on COVID-19 vaccine cooperation without India’s participation. CIDCA is headed by Luo Zhaohui, former Vice Foreign Minister and Ambassador to India. According to the organisation’s official website, Zhaohui is the secretary of the CPC (ruling Communist Party of China) leadership group of the CIDCA.
CIDCA’s official website states that the organization aims to set strategic directions, plans and policies for foreign aid, coordinate and advise on key foreign aid issues, advance the country’s reforms in matters related to foreign aid and To identify major programs and evaluate their implementation.
During his visit to Sri Lanka in January this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed setting up a “Forum on the Development of Indian Ocean Island Countries”. When asked whether the CIDCA meeting is what Wang proposed, the Chinese Foreign Ministry clarified to the media that the November 21 meeting was not part of it.
China has been striving to increase influence in the strategic Indian Ocean region with investments in ports and infrastructure in several countries, including Pakistan and Sri Lanka. China’s platform is clearly aimed at countering India’s strong influence in the Indian Ocean region, where pro-India organizations like the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), which has 23 countries as members, have taken strong roots.
In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the “Security and Growth for All in the Region” (SAGAR) initiative in 2015 for active cooperation among the littoral countries of the Indian Ocean region.
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