China’s world-reshaping One Belt, One Road (OBOR)

One Belt One Road, OBOR China projects

The year 2015 is witnessing plans being put in place under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 2013 vision for a ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’.

A world-reshaping ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) has arrived.

Under OBOR, a ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ through Central Asia, and a ’21st Century Maritime Silk Road’ through Southeast and South Asia are being planned.

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There are at least 116 projects being presented under OBOR (list below). Total worth of these projects is: $225 billion.

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One Belt, One Road OBOR

According to Center for American Progress blog, OBOR projects must meet three criteria. That the projects:

  1. were publicly proposed by China
  2. were accepted by the host country as part of the Belt and Road initiative
  3. had designated funding from a Chinese company or the Chinese government

VIDEO: How One Belt One Road (OBOR) works. CCTV

Four major takeaways about these projects:

  1. They create alternative trade routes for China to diversify and insulate its economic access.
  2. They promote the domestic economic viability of Chinese trade partners, such as Pakistan and Indonesia.
  3. They are clustered geographically in countries that already have active bilateral relationships with China and have a clear articulation of their infrastructure needs.
  4. They are supported by both Chinese companies and the Chinese government, which work in tandem to achieve the overall goals of the Belt and Road initiative.

Silk Road China

With $46 billion China investment for CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), Pakistan is one big beneficiary of OBOR.

Under OBOR, six economic corridors over 60 countries are being planned:

Six Economic Corridors, Over 60 Countries OBOR

OBOR Highlights:

  • Investments in energy, transportation, communication and industrial projects across Asia, the Middle East and Europe
  • According to President Xi, within a decade, China’s annual trade with countries involved in OBOR will exceed $2.5 trillion

new silk road China

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One Belt One Road, OBOR China countries

Above: One Belt One Road (OBOR) list of 65 countries.


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  1. Nepal very much looks forward to be a very part of this silk road network and hopes to a player between China and South Asia. And hopefully Nepal will benefit from this grand project and network!

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