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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.
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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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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.