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 Post subject: OBOR
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 1:01 am 
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Want to know what One Belt One Road coined by Chinese President Xi Jinping, this is a quick boot camp reading.
https://qz.com/983460/obor-an-extremely-simple-guide-to-understanding-chinas-one-belt-one-road-forum-for-its-new-silk-road/

Of course mostly western countries and some developing countries that profess to be non-aligned but actually pro-west are suspicious of China's motivations. Why would China be altruistic, or even economic gains? The question people are asking are all wrong questioning China's bad intentions. What is the meaning of strategic anyway. For businessmen, every move is considered a strategy.
https://scroll.in/article/837601/is-india-trying-to-convince-the-world-chinas-one-belt-one-road-plan-is-secretly-colonial

Since when has China been looking for the easiest way out? Certainly everyone is aware of the challenges before moving into the project. The word hegemonistic was used by the Chinese against western powers. Ironically, western journalists and politicians are accusing China exactly of that. If there is no benefit at all for China, why bother to start anything. Remind you, the so-called ownership by Chinese of ports and rail facilities is a lease and conditions are written in the contracts. If anything, China should be more worried about nationalisation. What is surprising that China is increasingly involved in multinational economic and security matters that commensurate with its growing wealth.
http://www.dw.com/en/new-silk-road-and-chinas-hegemonic-ambitions/a-38843212

This is mutually beneficial mega project linking up the world. Which western government gives development aid without strings attached. The recipients have to pay heavily to sponsors. There is no free lunch in this world. Stay out of OBOR is entirely your own decisions, but do not be a bad sport and cry baby when you have missed out on the gains of a connected world.

While Trump and populists are dumping down and rejecting any Asian or non-US initiatives, American companies are rushing to have a piece of the pie. Everyone believes that London and New York still command strong influence but do not fall into the hindsight is clearer trap.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/14/business/china-one-belt-one-road-us-companies.html?_r=0


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 Post subject: Re: OBOR
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:23 am 
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Life goes on as usual for middle income and advanced countries. They don't need improvement in infrastructure. Taking the slow train all in place instead of ripping off working systems with fast connections. Soon the developing countries will leapfrog and overtake them. No sweat. Better get China out of the door step than having a stake or say in your country. You lose some, you gain some.


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