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All You Need To Know About China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Project

OBOR is also a part of China’s economic diplomacy strategy

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OBOR is China's attempt at improving their economic development.
OBOR is China's attempt at improving their economic development.

By Ruchika Verma

  • One Road One Belt Initiative is A Chinese initiative to connect all Asian countries
  • The main motive is to connect all countries with which China shares a border
  • This will help China improve its economy

China’s OBOR or One belt one road initiative was released in 2013 and is one of the most expensive initiatives taken by China. OBOR initiative is China’s way of improving inter-border connectivity. The OBOR agreement has been signed by most of the countries with which China shares a border except for India.

All countries sharing border with China have signed the OBOR except for India.
All countries sharing a border with China have signed the OBOR except for India.

What exactly is One Road One Belt? 

Known as China’s President Xi Jinping’s most ambitious project, the One Belt One Road initiative focuses on improving connectivity and cooperation among Asian countries, Africa, and Europe. The belt and road initiative lays emphasis on enhancing the land and maritime routes. The policy aims to boost the domestic growth of China and is very crucial to the country as well.

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OBOR is also a part of China’s economic diplomacy strategy. Since China is no longer a part of G7, OBOR might provide China with an opportunity to continue its economic development.

There are two components to this project of China — the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the Maritime Silk Road (MSR).

OBOR is said to be Chinese President Xi Jinping's dream project. Twitter
OBOR is said to be Chinese President Xi Jinping’s dream project. Twitter

The SREB focuses on bringing China, Central Asia, Russia and Europe together and linking China with the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea through Central Asia and West Asia. The 21st-Century MSR goes from China’s coast to Europe through the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean in one route.

Why is India opposed to OBOR?

The main reason behind India’s opposition towards OBOR is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to some reports, the launch of CPEC in Pakistan has helped China receive investments of worth more than $46 billion.

India oppose China's OBOR because of sovereignty issues.
India opposes China’s One Belt One Road because of sovereignty issues.

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India doesn’t have any problem with OBOR but the CPEC through which it passes is a major concern. India has raised objections over CPEC citing sovereignty issues over the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). China, however, has not tried to attenuate India’s concerns.

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)