Politics and International Relations
China is a land power, so was it then, so is it now, notwithstanding its growing naval prowess. Securing its geographical challenges comes naturally and with it come the various strategic designs. The OBOR plan makes inroads into a neighbouring sovereignty like Nepal, not so much for Nepal as a trading partner, but to access larger markets and ocean connects across its south border.
Is Nepal a passive sign-up partner, or can it demand geopolitik advantages, or will it stumble over its own ‘border feet’? Moreover what does such an OBOR-ic advancement of people, goods, investment et al mean for India, the Nepal-India and the India-China dynamics?
This presentation and working paper would examine a) Security issues for Nepal and b) Delivery as seen from the industry/corporate players of Nepal. One sets the stage and the other brings focus on the players who would actually make OBOR’s Nepal doorway happen. The chessboard is Nepal, the black-n-white squares are Security and Industry and the roads dipping in from the border are as if chess pieces.
The paper would lead to the larger debate of how to evolve frameworks and strengthen connects, not as an emotional or political tool but as a meaning quotient. It would demonstrate considerable potential to open up spaces for alternative understandings and reconfiguring. The retracing and redefining meanings of this OBOR space, would draw from ongoing research, trends in international trade and the current bilateral relations’ landscape.