Friday, 12 May 2017

America to Join in the 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) Forum of China

America will now also be included in the 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) Forum to be held on May 14 and 15 in Beijing. The US has suddenly decided to join China's 'One Belt, One Road' forum, taking a sudden u-turn. This move of the US is going to put a lot of pressure on India because so far India has not taken any decision to send its representative in China's 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative. India believes that China did not create an atmosphere for trust for its project.

The biggest example of China's nefarious intentions is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. China is in the process of connecting Xinjiang with Gwadar port by CPEC, which he has built in Balochistan.

While ignoring India's sovereignty, Beijing is passing it from the Gilgit-Balochistan region, on which India claims.

If India does not send any representative in the OBOR forum yet it will not cause any significant loss to India because OBOR is not a membership-based organization. In fact, in the future, this move of India should be appreciated that it remained firm on its theoretical side. According to Delhi sources, it would be better if India sent diplomatic officials of junior level as a delegate and avoided sending high-level delegates.


Some Indian experts can also join this forum meeting. Representatives of more than 50 countries and representatives from institutions like World Bank will participate in this meeting.

Participating America in this meeting is a political decision, but it seems that America is going to play an economic partnership in which China's commitment to buying American beef under the '100 Day Plan' agreement. On the other hand, Washington has to allow Chinese banks to expand in the US.

According to Jagannath Panda, who is doing research at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi, "India is in Kashmir with the OBOR, India has to take a decision keeping in mind the decision of the US. It is a strong signal that the Trump Administration is trying to give a new dimension to US-China relations. "

America is sending an inter-agency representative team headed by Matthew Pottinger. Matthew Trump is the top consultant of the Administration and the NSA is senior director of East Asia.

America is now indifferent to the Chinese-dominated project, now America has joined the group of developed countries (Britain and Germany) who are sending their representatives to Beijing. The US says that with its presence, it will pressurize China to make its plans more transparent and it will adhere to international standards in the case of environment and labor in the project.

Japan and South Korea, who hold military differences with China, agreed to send their representatives to Beijing. While Vietnam and Indonesia, who have differences on the issue of Southern China Sea, will also send their official representative China. Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka will also participate in this.

China claims that it will be a situation of profit for all countries, though it is doubtful that Beijing will be able to divide the benefits of the project, considering the pressure of Chinese companies. There are plans to build 6 economic corridors in this project but no reliable maps have been provided so far. It will be developed over time.

Tom Miller, author of China's Asian Dream, said, "How will this roadmap be, will it depend entirely on the agreement with Chinese companies or other Chinese government countries? Nobody knows what they are going to do.

                                                          ----Sonal

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