Beijing — China had failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday before an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister. The Belt and Road is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark scheme to build infrastructure to connect China to the rest of Asia and beyond, a giant reworking of its old Silk Road. India has not signed up to the initiative because parts of one critical project, the $57bn China-Pakistan economic corridor, run through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which India considers to be its territory. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend an informal meeting with Xi on Friday and Saturday. India’s foreign minister did not express support for Belt and Road in the communique released after foreign ministers of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Co-operation Organisation met in Beijing. India, along with Pakistan, joined the group in 20...

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