The One Belt One Road(OBOR), brainchild of Chinese President of Xi Jinping, was proposed in 2013 with a objective to connect the countries of South East Asia, South Asia, West Asia,Middle East, Africa and Europe along with Oceanea to make an integrated economic region specially to increase China's trade with these countries. The OBOR policy is consisting of Silk Road Economic Belt(SREB) and Maritime Silk Road(MSR) which are land and ocean based respectively. Due to the geographic location, the policy may be harmful than beneficial to India.
Taking reference from the China's opposition against India's membership in Nuclear Supplier Group and UN Security Council reform, it is clear that China wants to isolate India and build its hegemony over the South and Southeast Asia. India's decision to stay away from OBOR policy should be decided by the level of efforts.India should focus more on its connectivity project through the framework of Bay of Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation(BIMSTEC) and Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-NEPAL (BBIN),a motor vehicle agreement. It should complete the project like North South Transport Corridor as well as the alternative route thorough Chabahar port in Iran to Afganistan and Russia. It should strengthen its bilateral relation with Japan and USA to maintain its importance in Indo-pacific region.India should emphasis to complete the infrastructure project of its neighbours specially in the field of connectivity to strengthen its bilateral relation so that OBOR can not harm India's trade and strategic importance in the Region.
- Dibyendu Mondal