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Full membership to China a way out to revive SAARC: Experts

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  1. Gibbs

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    Full membership to China a way out to revive SAARC: Experts

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    Foreign policy experts have said China should be granted full membership of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to give new life to the almost defunct regional body owing to the rivalry between India and Pakistan, Myrepublica news reported on Sunday.

    Addressing a two-day regional conference organized by Center for South Asian Studies in Kathmandu, Nepal, they maintained that it is high time the politicians in South Asia think about accommodating the emerging global power- China- in the South Asian regional framework if this region is to play a meaningful role in new world order in the making.

    Professor Moonis Ahmar of Karachi University argued that the existing SAARC structure is not balanced.

    “The only way to correct this structural imbalance in SAARC is to grant full membership to China. Although Pakistan and Nepal are in favor of making China a full-fledged member of SAARC, the observer status of China has not changed so far due to India's opposition,” he said.

    Speaking at the conference organized with the theme South Asia Amidst a New World Order, Ahmar justified his proposal saying that China borders with at least five of the total eight member states of SAARC. Bangladesh is closer to China, while Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bhutan share border with China.

    Former Nepali ambassador Shambhu Ram Simkhada argued that it is time for leaders in South Asian countries to put their thought on how to accommodate the rise of China as benign superpower in the backyard.

    “China has emerged as a superpower. How do we accommodate is something that needs to be thought upon,” he said.

    Most of the speakers in the conference had noted the importance of China in SAARC process as the fundamental global political order had witnessed a significant change in the recent years.

    Experts had argued that the role of US had declined significantly especially after the ascent of President Donald Trump in power, the rise of China as benign superpower and the surge in extremism in different parts of the world.

    All this have left the world to embark in a new world order, the experts said.

    “Three changes have brought tectonic shift in the world order. As the world is heading toward a new direction, South Asia is also in need to embrace a new concept,” said former Major General of Indian Army Dipankar Banerjee.

    Arguing that the unipolar world had already changed into a multipolar world, the experts pointed out the need to forge appropriate strategy to reflect this change in the global political structure.

    Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director of Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka, Gamini Keerawella argued that although the importance of South Asia had grown significantly with the global power balance gradually shifting from the west to the east, the South Asian region has failed to capitalize on it due to hostile relations persisting between India and Pakistan.

    Experts also expressed concerns that SAARC had failed to convene for the past three years. The SAARC Summit proposed by Pakistan could not be held as India announced to boycott it alleging that Pakistan had given refuge to terrorist elements.

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    Seems like except for India and probably it's protectorate Bhutan rest of the SAARC membership agrees on the inclusion of China

    @AndrewJin @Chinese-Dragon @Shotgunner51 .... Etc
     
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    SAARC is a lost cause due to India, it's better if we focus more on OBOR connectivity in the South Asian region.
     
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    Yep, add China into the SAARC as a full member. It will force india to act rationally...
     
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    If we can reign india in by adding China to the group then SAARC could be very useful
     
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    China won't be added to SAARC. No point even discussing this.
     
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    everyone else should leave SAARC and let india be there alone
     
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    Agree. China could start an OBOR group for South Asia. I'll be surprise if India would join. This group would in effect replace SAARC
     
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    We all support China's inclusion so why not?

    Population wise it would represent close to half of humanity

    We cant let india's delusions of grandeur get in the way
     
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    You don't really have a choice nor the power to dictate terms to India, or for that matter anyone else in SAARC.

    That's the beauty of the veto.
    Majority of countries support Indias inclusion in the NSG. China doesn't, so they use their Veto. Seems unfair to us, but those are the rules of the game.

    Similarly, we don't see China's role in SAARC, even though as you claim, most SAARC countries support its inclusion. We use our veto here. Might sound unfair to you, but such is life.

    Now there is a deal that can be worked out with China over NSG. You scratch my back, I scratch yours!
    Is Pakistan ready for this barter?
     
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    India can veto as much as it want. Soon, everyone would join a South Asian OBOR org. Except SP12, of course.
     
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    why is SAARC anymore dysfunctional than ASEAN or Arab league or OAU ??
     
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    Why only China..I would recomend..Even include Japan, Singapore and Australia too..Let all the developed nations in this region and join and assist each other in this process...

    Anyway, even i do not even like this stupid SAARC forum...
     
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    There's the SCO for all that.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Cooperation_Organisation

    SAARC, as the name implies, is for South Asia.

    Then that would get a new name. It won't have to be part of SAARC.

    For most of Asia, there's the ACD anyway.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Cooperation_Dialogue

    SAARC is extremely important for India. So is BIMSTEC. No China in either group.
     
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    China can start any number of groupings it so chooses. SAARC will not happen without India’s consent. Period!

    Now whether China wants to join or not, or how effective SAARC is, is irrelevant.
     
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    What is south asian about China except for some marginal countries need for some say.
     
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