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China’s new world order

Updated May 17, 2017 10:45am

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CHINA recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that also attracted representatives of more than 40 other countries and multilateral financial agencies was the clearest expression yet of China breaking out of its old foreign policy mould that had restrained it from attempting a global role.

China’s multibillion-dollar One Belt, One Road (OBOR) infrastructure development project linking the old Silk Road with Europe, is a manifestation of China’s growing geopolitical ambitions. A brainchild of President Xi Jinping, perhaps, the most powerful Chinese leader after Mao Zedong, OBOR has now been under development for four years, spanning 68 countries and accounting for up to 40 per cent of global GDP.

President Xi’s ambition of propelling China to centre stage of the global power game represents a sharp departure from the approach of previous Chinese leaders who strictly adhered to Deng Xiaoping’s tenet to “hide our capabilities and bide our time, never try to take the lead”. Thus over the past two decades, China has avoided being drawn into global conflicts and has completely focused its energies on development that helped it to become an economic superpower.

China’s push to take the world leadership has come at a time when a strong anti-globalisation wave is sweeping the Western world that is showing a growing tendency of returning to more protectionist regimes. The United States under the Trump administration with its inward-looking approach has virtually abandoned the mantle of globalisation thus ceding greater space to Beijing’s assertion.


It is evident that OBOR is not just about infrastructure development.


It is not surprising that the OBOR initiative is being embraced by a wide range of countries from Asia and Africa to Europe and even South America, notwithstanding some serious concerns about the cost and benefits of the enormously ambitious project. Surely fewer European countries showed up at the Beijing summit because of their reservations over China’s reluctance to open doors to foreign companies.

While addressing the forum, President Xi tried to alleviate concerns about China’s dominance, inviting other countries to take part in the project. China is spending roughly $150bn a year in the 68 countries that have so far signed on to the plan. According to Chinese government figures, around $1 trillion have already been invested in OBOR, with several more trillions due to be invested over the next decade. This way Beijing hopes to find a more profitable avenue for the country’s vast foreign exchange reserves, mostly invested in low-interest-bearing US government securities.

It is evident that OBOR is not just about infrastructure development; one of the major objectives of the initiative is to turn Eurasia into an economic and trading centre, breaking the domination of the American-led transatlantic regime. It is also a manifestation of the changing geopolitics and the realignment of forces, reflecting a move to shift the centre of gravity of trade to the East and establish China’s predominance in global politics.

Indeed, Russia has lent active support to the Chinese initiative indicating a growing strategic partnership between the two countries. Moscow’s major interest is to consolidate its primacy in Central Asia through regional security and a trade bloc.

However, it is willing to accommodate China’s economic and geopolitical interests more than ever because of Western sanctions following the Ukraine crisis. Since 2014, the two countries have reached several high-profile multibillion-dollar economic and trade deals signalling their close, evolving economic ties. Unsurprisingly, Russian President Vladimir Putin used the forum to lash out at the US and other Western countries over their increasingly protectionist policies.

Surely China considers the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a “flagship project” in the whole scheme of OBOR. This multibillion-dollar investment programme has added a new dimension to the friendship between Pakistan and China. From purely strategic and security cooperation spanning more than five decades, the relationship has now evolved into a dynamic economic and commercial partnership.

This growing bilateral cooperation comes at a time when China’s rising geopolitical ambition also underscores its concerns about Pakistan’s security and its fledgling economy. Given its geostrategic position, Pakistan has the potential to serve as a nexus for the two routes — the continental Eurasian Silk Road Economic Belt and a Southeast Asian Maritime Silk Road

Although Beijing downplays geostrategic motivations, CPEC represents an international extension of China’s effort to deliver security through economic development. Notwithstanding their growing strategic cooperation, terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan have remained a major source of worry for the Chinese government. China’s security concerns, especially those that arise from its restive region of Xinjiang, and the Islamist militancy threatening Pakistan’s stability have also been a strong factor in Beijing’s new approach to achieving security through economic development.

This growing Pakistan-China strategic alliance has also exposed the regional geopolitical fault lines. Predictably, India boycotted the Beijing forum citing serious reservations about the project, particularly regarding China-funded development in Gilgit-Baltistan that is linked to the Kashmir dispute. Yet another excuse given by the Indian authorities was that a trans-regional project of this magnitude required wider consultation.

Explore: Is India trying to convince the world China’s OBOR plan is secretly colonial?

Despite their geopolitical rivalry and long-standing border dispute, trade between India and China has grown significantly crossing $100bn. But there have been some visible signs of tension between the two most populous nations in the past few years with the strengthening of ties between Washington and New Delhi. India has openly sided with the US and Japan against China over the South China Sea issue.

Indeed, the success of the summit has provoked a strong reaction from Delhi. So much so that some leading commentators have called for tougher action to obstruct the OBOR project. “Far from this, CPEC (the life and soul of OBOR) threatens India’s territorial integrity in a manner unseen since 1962,” Samir Saran, a leading Indian commentator wrote in an op-ed piece.

Notwithstanding the scepticism, OBOR is a new geo-economic reality representing an emerging world order. The process cannot be reversed.

The writer is an author and journalist.

zhussain100@yahoo.com

Twitter: @hidhussain

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2017

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brr May 17, 2017 02:14am

Buckle up and open your checkbook - the ride is rough and you will pay for it - and china takes the cake.

Muhammad gazanvi May 17, 2017 02:42am

Gilgit-Baltistan must be declared as fifth province of Pakistan. At least provisional provincial status should be given to GB.

IFTIKHAR KHAN May 17, 2017 03:14am

Actually CPEC would stand at 3rd position behind linking Southeast Asia at 2nd and Eurasian Silk Road at number one position among the "flagship projects" and "life and soul" of OBOR. Connecting China with European markets is much more important from trade point of view and that is why, it is underway at full thrust with Kazakhstan becoming the focus of most ambitious east-west railway link as well as gas pipeline between central Asian countries and China.

zafar May 17, 2017 04:16am

Just mind your own business, why are you bothered if India isn't joining? Weird obsession. If there are 68 nations in the project why did only 29 attend?

mohan May 17, 2017 05:14am

OBOR and CPEC will be good for Pakistan. Hopefully it will create jobs, new Industries and stability for the country. But India also has valid reasons to avoid OBOR. India is investing $ 90 billion in its own Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, which it sees as making it a major manufacturing country. If it accepts OBOR, cheap Chinese goods will flood India and destroy Indian manufacturing goals. Another reason India fears CPEC is strategic: China's plan is to use CPEC to supply Indian markets. If hostilities between Pakistan and India break out (always a possibility,) India fears its economy will be held hostage by Pakistan. The real solution to these issues is peace between India and Pakistan - unfortunately, something that has evaded South Asia since the birth of the two countries.

abbastoronto May 17, 2017 05:28am

"No one can predict the future, not even those who make it". The best laid plans can go bust.

  1. China's spending plans are based on its present cash horde. What if world economy suddenly shrinks. Then China will need the money to sustain itself instead, and little will be left for NSR/OBOR. Just look at Saudi Arabia.

  2. The capacity of recipient countries to absorb development is being tested. Much of $51 Billion targeted for Pakistan remains largely unspent.

  3. Never estimate the power of the old colonialists to throw a monkey wrench out of jealousy. Expect US, UK (and even India) to make trouble for China in next few years.

ALIEN1 May 17, 2017 05:49am

It is strange that pakistani media is projecting the OBOR as a success when 8 of the top 10 largest economies did not want to be part of it.

Jessiya May 17, 2017 06:13am

Very well said sir.. there are only two possible choices from now on - Mandarin or Cantonese.

Lord of the obors May 17, 2017 06:48am

Why can't people understand that India doesn't need it. We don't see any benefit in it. The US is in it purely because their companies like Caterpillar will get huge contracts. Similarly the same reasons motivate EU The only fools left are the Africans and smaller countries in Asia. What will happen to them I can't say but when I look at the Forbes report all I can think of is Debt Trap. China will convert all these countries into chineses speaking Chinese culture people like it is doing in Venezuela and Chile and Africa.

M. Emad May 17, 2017 07:18am

Free world would not accept communist China's new world order plan.

Hrleen May 17, 2017 07:34am

No one can deny the fact that lot of things need to be in place for success of this project and it is too early to call it new world order. China has foreign exchange reserves and excessive capacity for cement and steel manufacacturing and lot of manufactured goods to export at a rate that none of the participating countries can compete with. It will lend money to participating countries and charge cost of borrowing, give all contracts to its own companies to build the infrastructure and charge for that, and flood those countries with its cheap goods. Most of countries who participated may not even join and only cash starved countries will fall into this trap of connectivity.These countries have to think what they have to export using OBOR ? Is there anything lying unsold ? India is not joining it as not only because of soverignty issues but also it has its own independent channels of connectivity with the rest of the world and its economy is doing just fine without OBOR.

Faisal May 17, 2017 07:37am

India is good in making noise only, it can never reach at China's level.

AMIT May 17, 2017 07:37am

Nothing new analysis

LT May 17, 2017 07:46am

Latest news is that European Union refused to sign trade agreement with china! It is a huge snub to China!

kannan May 17, 2017 07:51am

India did the right thing in boycotting. With the Western powers moving away from Chinese imports, this is nothing but a sop to expansionism to protect its interests. Why all these years with so much of foreign reserves, China never thought of its Silk road !!

jack May 17, 2017 08:31am

It is always better to trust your strength. Because, If you fail then you have only yourselves to blame but the moment you put your trust on others you don't know whether the person you trust will honor your belief.

vikas May 17, 2017 08:53am

Putin lashes out at Western protectionist policies? But ignores that China has always been undisputed king of protectionism. So much that it bans and heavily regulates foreign companies and subsidizes its own. Then expects a red carpet and full freedom outside China.

Akil Akhtar May 17, 2017 08:59am

This century will belong to China and US power will keep getting weaker. China has three trillion Dollar reserves...just imagine

K SHESHU BABU May 17, 2017 09:01am

China has undoubtedly developed into a major power not only in Asia but also in the world. The hosting of conference with twenty nine heads of state on road route indicates its growing dominance politically and economically

Ahamd May 17, 2017 09:08am

@Faisal Talk about Pakistan, where will it be. India is doing pretty well. If you are so proud of CPEC which is totally financed by China then you should also know about India's own project($90 bn) Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. DMIC will be able to generate more than 100 million jobs for Indians.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DelhiMumbaiIndustrialCorridorProject

khaled May 17, 2017 09:16am

@jack True

khaled May 17, 2017 09:16am

@brr well said

khaled May 17, 2017 09:20am

@Akil Akhtar .its wishful thinking to the first part of the comment, to the second part, its a lesson to be learnt.

BNJ May 17, 2017 09:25am

This probably is the only article of Zahid sahab that i beg to disagree with.

sUM TING WONG. May 17, 2017 09:31am

Author learn good from china. The author has plagiarized a large portion of the article from New York Times article, verbatim!!

WAJAHA May 17, 2017 09:32am

Amazing India is trying its worst to be part of CPEC!

AVI May 17, 2017 09:34am

@zafar 68 nations put together can't match the opportunity India's inclusion will provide. That's the reason .

patriot May 17, 2017 09:42am

@Faisal i think you should worry about your country first.

iftikhaR bhutta May 17, 2017 09:43am

OBOR is infact Chinese project of trade hegmony of American and European TNCs with its social implication in world . Pakistan will remain main partner in new Chinese new world order due its geographical location .

Vivek narain May 17, 2017 09:44am

Time for DARPA to share,its awesome technologies including mind control,with india.

Gaurav May 17, 2017 09:45am

After 20 years ...you will write "only india made sense 20 years ago"

Junaid ahmed khan May 17, 2017 09:47am

@zafar 29 heads of states participated, representatives of other nations participated, Like USA and Japan, I hope this clears your views.

Ahamd May 17, 2017 09:48am

@WAJAHA India has her own corridor named DMIC($90 bn). Its better to spend your own money than taking loan from other countries.

dhamdev May 17, 2017 10:10am

@Akil Akhtar -Note, the reserves are in dollar. If US economy falls, all these savings will nullify.

rajendra May 17, 2017 10:21am

Smart invaders send their trader first, Then invade later. That's what china has done to Pak. India has already started working with Japan/USA to offer alternatives to OBOR. So OBOR will be failure.

China do not have capabilities to do adventures against India. In case if war China may defeat India but it will push itself 8000years backward.

shakir May 17, 2017 10:31am

" India boycotted the Beijing forum citing serious reservations about the project, particularly regarding China-funded development in Gilgit-Baltistan that is linked to the Kashmir dispute."

The people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been demanding due share under CPEC, but have been refused by successive governments. Shifting of Dry port from Sost (GB) to Havelian (KPK) is alarming as it will increase unemployment rate a great deal. Mustn't they be relieved of their plight politically? for Gilgit-Baltistan is the gateway of this flagship project of OBOR.

Balaaji T May 17, 2017 10:40am

The western nations will always treat China as commies. China forces its might on others, which is not acceptable to the west. Sadly, some smaller nations have no option.

Pulak May 17, 2017 10:50am

For real & sustainable economic development, a country must look for it's inner core strength, not depend on foreign country. A foreign country will always place its interest first. China has a history of self-centeredness.

Feroz May 17, 2017 10:53am

Everyone is free to give their own take on the goals, objectives and benefits for participants of OBOR or CPEC . This article assumes that there are currently no roads and no infrastructure which is hindering trade and economic growth, a point up for debate. The countries currently do not have the product which can compete and win markets, their problem not one of merely logistics.

China has excess capacity which it wants to utilize through developing infrastructure and connectivity, it also has a wide bouquet of products to flood those foreign markets. Who will finally pay for the infrastructure being constructed and whether revenue generated by those assets exceeds the cost of debts taken on is critical. Who decides the transit fees to be charged is unclear, one country may want $ 100 to allow a container to pass through its territory, another may demand $ 1000. Add up all the charges and then do the maths. The question is simple, who is going to be left holding the baby.

Plain thinking person May 17, 2017 11:00am

India does not see any scope for OBOR providing Indo - Central Asian connectivity.

So why bother to enter in to the Chinese maze and lose the way?

Joe May 17, 2017 11:07am

it will be GOOD for Pakistan

Joe May 17, 2017 11:08am

Good News China is in Action after USA and USSR

harkol May 17, 2017 11:13am

Countries band together on shared interests and values. During the socialist era of Nehru/Indira Gandhi, India was close to USSR, with which it seemed to share the value of socialism. But, India moved away from that. Today it's values are more aligned with US & Japan. Pakistan on the other hand started with being a close ally of USA (opposed to socialism/communism) and now seems to be moving more closer to a communist state.

Strange are the ways of international relations. But, one thing is certain. India is defying China, just as it defied USA at it's peak. It survived the Nixon's seventh fleet threat, and India of today is far more capable and confident nation, thus will stare down China too.

shakeel Mahota May 17, 2017 11:35am

India's opposition to OBOR stems from its superiority complex of an emerging regional power. Therefore, the jealousy is natural. It will take a lot of time before India reconciles itself to the fact that Pakistan is a key country in the future geo-economic calculus of China. But its argument about Gilgilt-Baltistan is weak as on its side of the disputed territory it has accomplished several development projects including multiple water reservoirs etc.

shakeel Mahota May 17, 2017 11:37am

@M. Emad today's China is freer than the so-called free world under Trump.

THOUGHT PROVOKING May 17, 2017 11:41am

well Articulated !!! This is a good development and advancement towards progress of China’s multi billion-dollar One Belt, One Road (OBOR) infrastructure development project linking the old Silk Road with Europe. The china has focused his attention globally and its energies on development that helped it to become an economic superpower . Now The china is going to become an emerging Leadership of geopolitical and economic world order in this region . This multi billion-dollar investment programme has became the chaining dynamics of global politics and has added a new dimension to the friendship between Pakistan and others countries economically and politically in this region . The CPEC has its strategics importance economically and politically that would be benefited to the world countries in the future as economic game changer in this region...

SGH May 17, 2017 11:54am
  • Why does the Government of Pakistan not tell its people the details of OPEC?
  • Why do the National Assembly and the Senate of Pakistan not discuss this project ?
SATT May 17, 2017 12:08pm

Its an failure of Chinese foreign policy that they failed to bring India to the project.

Faisal May 17, 2017 12:11pm

@Ahamd 100 million jobs. I am not sure from where are getting this? Don't make any sense. If that is the case, then call off all poor indian fellows working abroad.

BAXAR May 17, 2017 12:34pm

@Gaurav "After 20 years ...you will write "only india made sense 20 years ago". Please live in the present. You either live in the past glory or dream about a future one.

BAXAR May 17, 2017 12:43pm

@ALIEN1 "It is strange that pakistani media is projecting the OBOR as a success when 8 of the top 10 largest economies did not want to be part of it." This is why it is going to be a success.

harry May 17, 2017 12:47pm

@sUM TING WONG. Typical Pakistani way, steal and copy. Their scientist did the same.

nitin May 17, 2017 12:59pm

Yes agree with you sir ! the process of colonization cannot be reversed. will be interesting to see when democracy finally arrives in China then what happens . or When countries will not be able to Pay back then what happens.

ghana May 17, 2017 01:05pm

Pakistan has nothing it's own. Our whole development depend upon the foreigners. Now we are giving invitation to our dear friend to explore our motherland. As future can't be predictable.

meelu May 17, 2017 01:22pm

China has proven it's core abilities in recent summit that she can align Asia with Europe and bring the old disrupted route into functional Silk route. In addition to this, CPEC will not remain CPEC only this corridor will stretch up to Europe through Central Asia and Russia.

Nitin May 17, 2017 01:33pm

@Faisal No worry sir, The brain drain is in reverse order. I am in Genetics industry and could see that lot of foreign nationals are working in India with good packages and comparatively as good of lifestyle of their own countries.

beowulf May 17, 2017 02:15pm

@Gaurav I disagree Gaurav. Only 5 to 10 years.

Pakistani May 17, 2017 02:16pm

I find it amazing at such importance to indian interests. Pakistan has the right to find a development path that suits its needs. Pakistan is also a massive country, this fact seems to get lost in this india centric thinking. 200 million expected to reach 400 million. It is smaller than india but we live in a world of 200 countries, Pakistan at number 5, that's no joke.

RAVEENDRA NATH May 17, 2017 02:18pm

India has not joined CPEC/OBOR because, it goes through Kashmir, security concern when two hostile countries trying to encircle it and also economics does not work. India is not jealous and would be happy to have Pakistan economically developed resulting in weakening of terrorism from its soil, which is disturbing India enormously. Pakistani citizens are under some kind of delusion that CPEC, which is actually 'Chinese Project for Economically Controlling' Pakistan is the medicine for all its ills and would catapult it to second largest economy in the world. Time will tell, meantime you may go one dreaming.

BAXAR May 17, 2017 02:18pm

"China’s push to take the world leadership has come at a time when a strong anti-globalisation wave is sweeping the Western world " It is more the other way round. The west's protectionist tendency is pushing China as a world leader, that it never intended to be, as described in the article. World leader is not a position China can afford to be in. This is why it is making efforts to sell OBOR idea to all. China understands that the future is globalized and decentralized. It doesn't want to repeat the mistakes of previous world powers.

ghana May 17, 2017 02:31pm

@BAXAR world is a stage and every one plays own role.China is now on the ground. Chess is not change but playing strategies are changing with the time.

Ajay May 17, 2017 02:35pm

@ALIEN1 You are right they have calculated all figures on the basis of world economy booming but what if And that what if is enough to make these participating countries to be bankcrupt In simple words yes you will get 5-7 billion yearly for transit cost but if recession comes you will be busted I don't think you have calculated maintenance of these routes I would put least 10% cost to maintain these routes so 5-7 billions so there goes your income rest is history Buying luxury car is not only thing it's cost of maintenance is the problem.

Parvez May 17, 2017 02:35pm

Everything comes with a price .... can Pakistan pay the price ?

Faisal May 17, 2017 02:38pm

@Ahamd The source you shared is totally useless as Wikipedia information can be edited by anyone as per their own wishes.

BAXAR May 17, 2017 02:44pm

@SATT "Its an failure of Chinese foreign policy that they failed to bring India to the project." Yes, their foreign ministry officials will be severely punished for this failure. Their entire future depends on the approval of India, as the future of the whole world. After all there is only one Modi and he happens to be head of India, which is the IT hub of the universe.

alethia May 17, 2017 02:45pm

The voyage of Columbus in the 15th Century to the "New World" heralded the upsurge of trading routes between Europe & the Americas. It also began the downfall of the Eur-Asian trading routes commonly known as The Silk Road.

The OBOR project developed by China is the beginning of the re-establishment of the Eur-Asian trading route, The Silk Road of yore.

Wishing China, Pakistan and all the countries involved the best of luck and good fortune...

Ajay May 17, 2017 02:50pm

@Akil Akhtar Yup they will give you all on platter

Muhammad zahid May 17, 2017 03:20pm

Those who endorse and join this mega project, will be benefited.

zulfikar May 17, 2017 03:21pm

@abbastoronto Don't be so pessimist. Saudi arabia is not finished. Every country has to re-calibrate their economy when there is change. Every country is dependent economically on others, be it US, UK or India. China is major investor in India. Between UK and china, train link restarted after long time.

LILLY May 17, 2017 03:23pm

@BAXAR If you don't think about the future how can you carve your present.

zulfikar May 17, 2017 03:24pm

@ALIEN1 Bcoz 8 major countries do not need new world order, Those left out are in need of new work order for their share in trade and developement

wazir ahmed May 17, 2017 03:40pm

good bye !USA .your colonial time has reach its conclusion.

Biranchi Narayan acharya May 17, 2017 03:44pm

Sometimes we need to see what's store in near future. SCS is in a delicate juncture where China already installed rocket launchers. That means soon the World is to be divided in to two sides. India want to remain neutral. China perhaps want to expand it's influence through economic power & some military power. It behaves like erstwhile Germany under Hitler. International politics is very dirty. Thus soon existing powers will start asserting & the World will be moving towards short duration WW-III. Sane countries realized this & remain un-hysteric with China's all plans. I think Pakistan also need to realise that solely depending on China is not going to be long term benefit for it's interest. An impact analysis should be done by the strategic exerts before submitting to China.

G.S.N.RAJU May 17, 2017 03:47pm

@Faisal OK. Enjoy the fruits in futre!

Biranchi Narayan acharya May 17, 2017 03:49pm

As I said earlier India has it's plan how to engage with China. There's BIMSTEC to which China will/has to join.

BAXAR May 17, 2017 03:53pm

@LILLY "If you don't think about the future how can you carve your present." Living in dreams about future and thinking about future are different things. We should not consider the future dreams as fait accompli.

Ahmad May 17, 2017 04:04pm

@mohan Lets Hope its win win For Everybody. i Always want peace b/w Pakistan and India its the only thing that is In Favor of General Public. War has and wont gve us anything at all but destruction and poverty. God Bless the Sane Souls in Both the Countries. May Sanity Prevails.

Salam!

Dev May 17, 2017 04:16pm

@zulfikar "china major investor in India"... Get your facts right.

BAXAR May 17, 2017 04:21pm

@Ajay "they have calculated all figures on the basis of world economy booming " That's correct and there is a reason that world will boom. They have calculated that there are only 2 options. Either the world economy will boom, or conflicts will emerge. Conflicts cannot be controllable given the present situation, so the only option is to avoid them at all cost. When conflicts are resolved, the economy will boom automatically. The previous economic boom was based on western products that needed little manpower but generated huge profits. That era is finished, now you need large number of consumers of cheaply produced products to make profits. The resulting huge exchange of goods will require infrastructure accordingly.

Alba May 17, 2017 04:26pm

It is good to have geopolitical ambitions. The 90% Han population in China are all on the same page. Not many other countries have that kind of solidarity. The Chinese know who they are. They do not have an identity crisis.

MG May 17, 2017 05:02pm

Why China is getting upset if India doesn't want to be part of OBOR? Everyone has decisions and others must respect it. Pakistan decided to join, we respect it's decisions. We don't want loan force fitted to us at an exorbitant rate. Few years we will be in a position to offer loans rest of needy.

Awais May 17, 2017 06:05pm

@brr As it is, Pakistan does not have enough money of its own for infrastructure development. It can only be a good thing if China can provide the money on easy terms. Regional connectivity also ensures peace. Indian opposition to regional connectivity shows that it does not want peace in the region. This is already clearly evident with the Jadhev episode. So its no wonder India doesn't want to join.

Rashid May 17, 2017 06:13pm

@mohan It is breath of fresh air to see comments like yours from an Indian. Mostly I see hostile comments from the other side of the border. So I applaud you for that.

Taimoor khan May 17, 2017 06:26pm

"Notwithstanding the scepticism, OBOR is a new geo-economic reality representing an emerging world order. The process cannot be reversed."

This line sums it up pretty nicely. Either become part of this Asian century or become irrelevant. Choice is yours.

omveer May 17, 2017 06:54pm

China is the neo colonial power. Trying to exert its influence in the eurosian region. But being surrounded by neighbors with whom it has territorial disputes, will find it difficult to execute the planned infrastructure required. India will challenge it to the hilt.

omveer May 17, 2017 06:55pm

@Muhammad gazanvi but that's a disputed region dear.

DW May 17, 2017 06:59pm

Pakistan is very lucky to have a strategic location in Asia

Commentator May 17, 2017 07:05pm

@Taimoor khan you become irrelevant if you choose to. Not because you do not join a group.

ROHIT PANDEY May 17, 2017 08:37pm

The Indian, Japanese and American interests in the South China Sea converge and so, India is conducting joint naval exercises with these two countries.

India prospects for oil in that oil-rich area in an economic zone that is Vietnam's.

India needs massive supplies of energy and other natural resources to sustain growth for the next 40 years or so, and will take all steps to ensure it and that is nothing different from what China is doing now-securing markets as it is hit by oversupply of factory space.

Yemeen zuberi May 17, 2017 10:02pm

Hi Dawn, can we get this article in Urdu. The article has some very relevant information that will be very interesting for your Urdu readers. Thanks

Humor heart humanity(3H) May 17, 2017 10:57pm

Guys like me may have different perceptions from Zahid Hussain,China never said anything like 'China new world order' CPEC OBOR are trade routes,as well as way to bond strong friendships.Even the US blue chips have their production facilities in China,like German Siemens, they are already driving huge profits due to less cost of productions at China. The S.China Sea saga is irrelevant after diatribes of Kim Jong Un of NKorea,the US and China are much closer on broader horizon to restrain on S.China Sea, USA is the most powerful nation militarily, China or Russia have limited capabilities, hence China has no interest to pretend as super power,it's paying attention towards trade and economic benefits and B&RI is part of that trade stragedy.

Hemant May 17, 2017 11:26pm

Article starts with wrong statement "CHINA recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum"

It did not have heads of state from many, it was attended by representative of many heads of state.

I do not think there is any point of counting head like Sherif does not even count! That was the reason he took some chief minister also

Imran May 18, 2017 01:10am

Yes, China is going to play "Chinese order" and everyone else including Pakistan will be a (just) part of it. OBOR is China's game and will be played as China wants, but still, Pakistan can have something out of it.

Komal s May 18, 2017 02:13am

@shakeel Mahota Not even sure you know what you are talking. India is spending it's own money in Kashmir. It is only natural when 3 Rd party funds a project in a dispute area. Funnily your all weather friends gets so worked up when 3 Rd party official visit Arunachal leave alone spending billions of dollars.

Joe May 18, 2017 06:12am

Just like India, Europian Union has withdrawn itself from this project which lacks transparency and will seriously undermine wellbeing of local population at the cost of Chinese revolution!

alok May 18, 2017 08:03am

The conditions required for economic growth: Investment in education Good Health care No support to armed , violent group Fast and efficient legal system Efficient police force Centres for Higher education Ease of starting business

No where in the world a highway project has led to consistent long term prosperity. Invest in basics.

boss May 18, 2017 08:15am

China investment in OBOR is focussed on delivering manufacturing capability to the world which is cheaper and hence economically more efficient. It does not take into account that manufacturing in the next 10-15 years if not sooner is set to changes from involving humans to robots due to technology and the availability of sustainable sources of energy. Hence the prospects of Chinese manufacturing itself look bleak and hence OBOR is doomed to fail as it does not even account for these factors. Do the chinese know this ? I think so..then why CPEC ? I would assume its for access to the ports in the Indian ocean, which is quite a dumb thing to do as it will put China in direct confrontation with the US and India which is a large size of the market in the first place for its manufacturing sector.

Ajaya k Dutt May 18, 2017 08:41am

@Ahamd - Very good point "Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor-DMIC will be able to generate more than 100 million jobs for Indians" CPEC will generate jobs for Chinese.

Meesaq May 18, 2017 08:54am

This 'game changer' needs wider consultation amongst the technocrats in Pakistan without politicizing the matter. Things must be transparent. It will be in national interest.

Allahdino Muhammad Hussain Kango May 18, 2017 10:45am

This is time to find a new weapon of war. Give aid to poor that he can never pay (but you have to be strong enough to effect recovery)

yash May 18, 2017 03:08pm

@Faisal what about the pakistan

anjum arshi May 18, 2017 04:38pm

Where is the analysis about China's new world order, as the title implied? The article is essentially a summary of all the news that have appeared about OBOR, China's leadership role and the central importance of CPEC. Disappointed.

Yemeen Zuberi May 18, 2017 05:11pm

There are concerns that China may gain an upper hand in our economic affairs, however (HOWEVER), China may be better for us than our own financial giants and the Elite.

Ikhlaq Hussain May 18, 2017 07:11pm

well our economy is totally revolves around the CPEC and OBOR. chines have 3 options for this prohects thrid one is CPEC. But the current political and social situation prevailing in pak is not in favour of completions of this projects. one more thing as india has serious reservations on CPEC they claimed that the gateway of CPEC is disputed territory b/w pakistan and India. so the pakistan take serious measures for Pakistan either integeral part or an autonomous region that is need of the hour for successfully compilation of CPEC.

jamshed May 19, 2017 04:55am

@mohan No matter how you Indians look at cpec it is win-win for Pakistan/China. It will transform Pakistan by virtue of its infrastructure development into manufacturing and business hub thus creating an environment that will attract FDI and create jobs. We are already witnessing over 5.2% growth with massive infrastructure construction boom even before the project has taken off. Conservatively and realistically cpec will add another 2/3% growth to gdp and that sustainable over next 10 year, doubling the gdp in 10 or less years. We are already set to cross this year $1.00T in gdp by purchasing power parity measurement (ppp) with current economic activity.