aspects of the huge Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China - involving nearly 60 countries in South, South East, Central and West Asia besides in Eastern Europe - is the push for bringing huge swathes of virgin and fertile or semi fertile lands under the plough.
Across the Central Asian republics and in some parts of Indo China, there are large areas that always lay fallow due to low population densities. A major thrust of the BRI is in making huge investments in cultivating these large tracts of land.
China already enjoys the largest yields per hectare for rice cultivation in the world (about 6.5 tonnes; the yield in India is about 2.6 tonnes). With such yields in agriculture, China is already self sufficient in food production. The average Chinese gets about 80 % more food than the average Indian (which means that undernourishment is negligible in China). The move to change the face of agriculture in the BRI economies and gigantic investments in roads, railways, electricity and other infrastructural projects means that China as well as the numerous BRI countries stand to gain hugely from the initiative.
In time, this large block of countries could even become a free trade compact zone and emerge as the foremost trading superpower in the world.
Truly, the BRI is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken in human history.
Re: One of the less debated
by piri (View MyPage) on Jul 17, 2017 07:55 PM
China already has one of the biggest outlays in the world for Science and Tech and Research and Dev. One of the biggest benefits China derives from its huge 2 Trillion USD annual trade surplus (which is equal to the entire size of the Indian economy) is a very rapid and comprehensive progress in its advancements in S and T. China is now breathing down the neck of the developed west in terms of state of the art technologies in many sectors.
And 60 countries have displayed their glee with the BRI by agreeing to allow massive Chinese investments in infra and agriculture on their soils.
Re: Re: One of the less debated
by R ponnabalam (View MyPage) on Jul 17, 2017 09:12 PM
China is undoubtedly well developed;can be breathing down the neck of the developed west in terms of state of the art technologies in many sectors also.But as that much respected Madam Condeliza Rice said,"next century ,Asian ;NO it will still be America's" holds. China would have heard it well.China is too practical and reality conscious country not to attack or invade Japan or Taiwan but to reserve it for India.Philippines or Sikkim.Let those who believe in GRI go for it,But here this is not impossible;only thing the people who matter should understand what it means to be next door to China R.Ponnambalam
Re: One of the less debated
by P S SHAH (View MyPage) on Jul 17, 2017 08:58 PM
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India, come out of after glow of Demonetization
by R ponnabalam (View MyPage) on Jul 17, 2017 07:50 PM | Hide replies
China has proved itself to be a too serious business like player so far.From the days of "Chairmn Mao smiled" we might have come to" the picture speaks more than thousand words".The picture does peak well.Still diplomacy is much more than. We have missed the bus of development by 1:5 as one rediff article pointed it out.So the crux of the problem is how our much self praising Indian Economic World &Business can make up for the lost decades of bleak development and how far our comrade unions who massacred the well meaning, well paying , well respecting Public Sector Industries to "this is not my job culture and time wasting culture" and drove the workers into the hands of Private business to earn much less and who were silent not to question why one corporate gets a loan of Rs 46,500 crores and to how many more people the Govt. can give such loans wake up and revive Industrial sector and put a full stop to imports.Much more than that the Govt. must get the reality.It is still in the after glow of Demonetizatiin.R,PONNAMBALAM .R.Ponnambalam
For the past 55 yrs china has been fingering with India just to give trouble and divert India's attention from development schemes so that it can take up the role American police duty; while the U.S. doesn't want to lose that position.