‘Cooperation process will move in a rapid way’
Professor Hu Shisheng is the director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations and keeps a close eye on Nepal issues. Hu spoke to The Kathmandu Post about the signing of the framework agreement on China’s One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR) between Nepal and China.
What is the significance of Nepal-China framework agreement on the OBOR Imitative?
The signing will bring bilateral economic and social cooperation, especially in the area of post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal. The process will move in a more rapid and undisturbed way.
What do you think is the way forward for the two countries now?
In the coming months, it is very important to set up a joint working mechanism focusing on the match between the post-earthquake reconstruction works and projects in Nepal along with the potential Belt and Road initiative projects.
As New Delhi hasn’t agreed on the, how beneficial will this agreement with Nepal be for China?
I strongly believe when Indian neighbours are all involved in the efforts of building connectivity and industrial cooperation in the guidance of the Belt and Road Initiative and when India has also made solid progress in its sub-regional integration effort such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) initiative, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, India will naturally become part of the initiative, whether New Delhi accepts it or not. However, before that there is one outstanding concern that whether India’s neighbours, except Pakistan, can afford or can stand up against the pressure, and even disturbance from India.Published: 2017-05-12 09:42:55