Meaning of Signature on OBOR

Meaning of Signature on OBOR

Buddhi Narayan Shrestha


Nepal and China signed on the framework agreement on ‘One Belt One Road’ Project initiated by China on 12 May 2017. The memorandum has stated to strengthen the co-operation on connectivity sectors including transit, transport network, logistic system and related infrastructure development such as railways, roads, civil aviation, hydro-power grid, information and communication. This MOU was signed just two days before starting the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ Conference in Beijing.

Nepal delayed nearly three years to sign on the MOU. It was because of the fact that Nepal was in a mood to ‘Wait and See’ to India whether it would support the Chinese ‘One Belt One Road’ Project. Finally, India was not in a position to participate the Beijing conference as well. In the mean time Nepal could not bear the political, diplomatic and intellectual pressure. So it was signed on the last moment.

Whatever and however it may be, it is signed and signed by Nepal as a neighbour of China. Because the neighbour cannot be changed. The neighbour should be congenial from both the sides. The most important thing is: now Nepal must chalk down the priority to obtain benefits from ‘Belt and Road Initiative.’

Regarding the road/rail link, Nepal is connected with China by road, specially Kerong-Rasuwagadhi road. Chinese railway line will be approached to Nepal border through Lhasa-Shigatse-Kerong to Rasuwa by 2020. Now Nepal must present its own plan to the neighbouring countries, whether Nepal will construct the railway line to connect the Chinese border railway point to Raxaul Indian Broad-gauge Railway line via Galchhi Junction point of Nepal. Alternatively, the rail line from Kerong-Rasuwa will reach to Galchhi and the Indian rail line from Raxaul-Birganj will also come and meet at the Galchhi point. And the Chinese and Indian Railway shall make a big  ‘Hand Shake’ each other in Galchhi Junction of Nepal. This will be the equi-nearness of Nepal to both the neighbouring countries.

Similarly, Nepal has to make a proposal to China to connect other six Nepal-China border crossing points such as Olangchunggola, Kimathanka, Lapchi, Larke, Korala and Yari Hilsa for trade and commerce purposes as well. These will enhance the economy of the people of eastern and western Nepal due to connectivity, to obtain the Chinese goods and material in a cheaper price than of these days.

If Nepal could be able and capable to prepare the national plan of such activities unanimously, the signature on OBOR framework agreement will be fruitful for the general people of Nepal. If not, the signature may be regarded as only to complete the formality between Nepal and China. The detail of this write-up in Nepali script has been copied and pasted in the following image :-

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