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China’s Pan-Asian Railway Plan

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By K.N. Pandita

The historic Silk Road, once the most fabulous trade, commerce and cultural conduit between China and the world westward, is, in all probability, taking a new skin in next one decade and half. It is going to be replaced by China’s Pan-Asian Railway Plan, which, when made fully functional, is likely to transform traditional history, geography, politics, culture, life and trade of the vast Eurasian region.

Contemplating an ambitious plan of high speed Pan-Asian railway reflects in practical terms China’s innovation of addressing chronic global economic and political issues in paradigm different from those found in the desk-book rules of capitalist powers. China has discovered equitable and just bilateral and multi-lateral trade relations among nations as potential instrument of defusing acrimony among them. This is to usher in a new world order different from the one forged in the economic workshop of the US and her western allies.  Continue Reading…

OIC’s another ritualistic meet

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Update of May 22, 2010:

By K.N.  Pandita

On 18 May, foreign ministers of fifty-seven Islamic countries — members of the Organization of Islamic Conference — met in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) to do business for two days in the course of 37th annual session. This is OIC’s second summit in a former Soviet Union’s federating unit; the first one was in the Trans-Caspian state of Azerbaijan in 2006.

During the early days after the dismemberment of the Soviet Union, the OIC exercised caution in making inroads into the now independent states of Central Asia. The Islamic world, usually fed with enormous anti-Soviet propaganda by the capitalists, had, in their wisdom, expected a sudden but violent Islamic upsurge after these seven predominantly Muslim states declared their independence from the Soviet Union.  But that did not happen. To their surprise, they found that not only for basic infrastructure, even in administrative sphere, the independent Central Asian States were ahead of most of the member countries of the OIC.  Continue Reading…