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How to see Afghanistan fit into China’s OBOR initiative vision

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How to see Afghanistan fit into China’s OBOR initiative vision
F. Makhdom
One Belt, One Road project, a megaproject, initiated by China, has become more popular among the world economic powers, making hot topics of the regional and international media.   
The launch of the highly vast program, is gradually turning to reality, with every passing day, as the project is not going to stop in Eurasia continent, to help transfer of goods, people and resources, as the wide continent of Africa is also of the beneficiaries, but would cover more and more countries, beyond.
Connecting Europe and Asia, the OBOR—or The New Silk Road, is not only expanding China’s political and economic power; a trend stopping across the world’s three continents, but would also help world countries around the route, how to use the great benevolent program for their own economic development and economic stability.
China is part of this world, thinking for welfare of its people and via its recently initiated big project, making plans for the world nations’ tranquility, while some other world countries are not only producing arms and destructive tools to destabilize the world, but avoiding welfare of their own nations, as well.
China is not asking other world economic powers for funding the initiative, but according to reports, its development bank – Chinese Development Bank (CDB) has been said to allocate $890 billion into up to 900 projects, while the country announced a $40 billion Silk Road Fund to invest in the megaproject covering over 60 countries, including badly poverty-stricken Afghanistan.
This should also be focused that, China, as the Asian economic power, has strong involvement in Afghanistan; both from investments in one of the country’s big project of Mes Aynak copper mine, to the consistently being one of the peace supporters with Taliban—the key anti-government militants group.
The country’s president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in one of his remarks, at the 2015 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO summit), insisted for China’s key role in both investment and peace supporting programs in Afghanistan and believed the friendly country could play a significant role in the Afghan issues.
But, China should consider Afghanistan’s current sensitive condition and acknowledge that without the restoration of security in this region of the Asia, success of the New Silk Road would be impossible, as well as any instability in Afghanistan may spread to other parts of Asia, including China particularly of the country’s western province of Xinjiang.
Moreover, the One Belt, One Road initiative shouldn’t bypass Afghanistan, and China’s investments should be within this thought and orientation that Afghanistan—as was the main route of the old Silk Road, should still host greater part of the project.
As of now, it is not clear, how Afghanistan, with proper geographical location and rich natural resources fits into what China is going to launch as an overall vision for its initiative of belt and road, as the still war-plagued country can bring a credible change and play important role in the building of China’s initiative of OBOR corridor, because it can connect Central Asia to South Asia and East Asia to West Asia, a route can undeniably help the implementation of the project.
Part of the suggestions of the Afghan media delegation visiting China, this year (2017), this was also mentioned that how to see Afghanistan using its role in the OBOR project, as based on the designed map, Afghanistan has a narrow line to be included in the great economic program.