Connecting Asia: India Talks, China Builds

Discussion in 'China' started by cir, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. cir

    cir Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,996
    Likes Received:
    269
    Connecting Asia: India Talks, China Builds

    C. Raja Mohan : New Delhi, Sat Jan 05 2013, 16:35 hrs

    At the recently concluded summit in Delhi with the leaders of South East Asia, India declared its strong political commitment to improving connectivity between the two regions.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the South East Asian leaders showed up at a celebration in the national capital to mark the conclusion of the ASEAN-India car rally. The participants in the rally drove nearly 8000 km through South East Asia and eastern India to arrive in Delhi in time for the special summit.

    If Delhi is good at declarations and symbolic gestures, Beijing has set a scorching pace for the construction of infrastructure projects and the promotion of connectivity between China and the nations across its borders.

    This week alone a clutch of mega Chinese infrastructure initiatives have been reported from South East Asia.

    In the first a large Chinese iron and steel company in Cambodia has tied up with China Railway to build a 400 km rail line to connect a green field steel plant in the northern part of the country to a port on Koh Kong, the southern commercial island in the Gulf of Thailand.

    The steel plant could cost up to $2 billion and the rail link will come at an estimated price tag of nearly $10 billion, according a report by the Reuters. Analysts following Cambodian economy say this could be the largest project ever in the nation.

    Meanwhile another Chinese company Sinomach Perfect Machinery has tied up with Cambodian Petrochemical to build an oil refinery capable of processing five million metric tons of crude oil a year. The price tag is nearly $2.5 billion.

    In the neighbouring land-locked Laos, the ‘New York Times’ reported, China has announced plans to build a high-speed train link between Kunming in the South Western Yunnan province and Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

    The cost of the 400 km railway line estimated at $7 billion will be borne by Laos. Chinese banks will lend the money. Laos is said to be pledging its national mineral wealth as collateral.

    Experts with the international development agencies have strongly criticized the deal as imposing massive future financial burden on Laos. The ruling communists in Vientiane appear to have taken a political decision in favour of the project.

    While international development experts and a few voices in Laos and Cambodia fear that the two countries are being subject to China’s ‘neo-colonialism’, there is no denying the dramatic expansion of Beijing’s influence in a critical region of South East Asia.

    The scale of financing and scope of the projects that China can deliver has begun to eliminate the traditional dependence of small nations on multilateral lending agencies for large projects.

    Japan and the United States, which once had the leadership of development initiatives, have lost much ground to China in recent years. While Washington and Tokyo are scrambling to respond the dramatic rise in Chinese influence in Indo China, Delhi is in the danger of becoming an outlier in the economic development of the region.

    While the foreign office in Delhi sees the strategic significance of promoting connectivity, especially the East-West corridors linking the subcontinent to South East Asia, it is not clear if there is real competence in the rest of the government to make this happen. Most of India's plans for connectivity with South East Asia have remained on paper.

    If the government is unable to move, much the same can be said about the Indian private sector. While the Indian FDI has grown rapidly in South East Asia, the Indian corporates remain invisible in the strategic sectors of the region.

    Cambodia and Laos, along with Vietnam, were once known as “Indo-China”. This was where the Indian and Chinese civilizations met. But as Beijing integrates these bordering regions into its own economy and Delhi remains paralysed, 'Indo-China' might soon be a misnomer.

    (C. Raja Mohan is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and a contributing editor of ‘The Indian Express’).

    Connecting Asia: India Talks, China Builds - Indian Express
     
  2.  
  3. satish007

    satish007 Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,458
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    China
    if India and China bhai bhai, we can work together,
    India design, China implement, Indian never lack of ideas while Chinese hard to get rid of copy custom.
    and Indian good at marketing, leadership and communication which Chinese lag behind.
    few Chinese English are good enough as Cinoti. some study hard and able to reach Cir's level.
    India and China bhai bhai.

    sent from my iphone 6
     
  4. no smoking

    no smoking Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,172
    Likes Received:
    422
    Please show what India designed: LCA or ARJUN?
    What is Indian ideas: India Shining?
    Also please show me the example of India's brilliant leadership: Hindus speed?
     
  5. satish007

    satish007 Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,458
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    China
    the LCA or ARJUN desgin were very good at that time. they will not changed the original design if they have Chinese support.
    and another example is China mainland is desperate for Ikea cheap furniture which most designers are Indian.
    Indian are free to image everything , not be brain washed
    How many governors in US are Indian and how many are Chinese? Chinese usually shy. but May be you are different, no smoking,
    I believe your English is very good and willing to show your leadership and responsibility as Indian but you are not mainland Chinese.
     
  6. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    24,274
    Likes Received:
    11,283
    Location:
    BANGalore
    China has a lot of cash to throw around and is using it to the max. India has cash but only for itself and may be for smaller level projects outside. This is where Indian private industry can come in.

    But seriously Laos needs HSR? That too pledging its national minerals as collateral only exposes the real intention of the Chinese. Minerals. With the west cash strapped, China is very easily filling in and securing vital interests. There is nothing much India can do right now until it's economy is back on track and reaches $5 trillion when it too will be able to show the money around. By then most of te countries would have realized that Chinese are leaches and readily accept Indian overtures.
     
  7. cir

    cir Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,996
    Likes Received:
    269
    Will you guys all disappear off the horizon the way the Sun does when India comes to China bowls in hands begging the latter to finance and build the former's rails,both freight and pessenger?:cool2:
     
  8. no smoking

    no smoking Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,172
    Likes Received:
    422
    Yes, a good design that you cannot put into production line in 10 years even after deadline.

    Well, as a Chinese, I really don't we are desperate for Ikea furniture. Which China are you talking about? The "China" in india?


    So, to indians, leadership is about: imagination, English level and popularity in USA? No wonder why india is lagging behind China!
     
  9. satish007

    satish007 Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,458
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    China
    you should know Indian and Chinese culture if you are global guy.
    no only US but EU, now China is hiring Indian smart guys as well, once Chinese companies hire one Indian who will bring whole village to occupy your jobs.
    but if a Chinese boss hire a Chinese , the employee will try to replace his boss after he know everything.
    so even Chinese boss want to hire Indian.
    BTW, you have not enough knowledge about China. try to use baidu to search ikea China. you must lived in 3,4 level city as Buttguy2000
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  10. DaTang

    DaTang Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    118
    maybe you can spend less on imported weapon and use the money to build some infrastructure, or public restrooms, or buy a pair of shoes for all children in India.

    and calling China leeches may not justify you are not a vampire, or may it? hahah
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  11. satish007

    satish007 Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,458
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    China
    The whole world know Chinese work 12-16 hours a day and eat garbage like chicken feet,
    the whold world try to steer clear of you. because your standard is money.
    if Indian do like chinese does, US has already lag behind India.
     
  12. DaTang

    DaTang Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    118
    I thought US has been behind India, now you reveal you true anti-indian face.
     

Share This Page