Wednesday, June 15, 2016

OBOR unmasked : Chinese led, Australian front suggests OBOR must be treated with caution,recent lessons from ASEAN should be heeded

by Ganesh Sahathevan
In its PR effort, the so-called "Australian" One Belt One Road advisory council presented itself with an Australian face, that of Malcolm Broomhead, the chairman of Asciano and Orica and director of BHP Billiton, who will chair the “OBOR” advisory group,
The OBOR website on the other hand, proves otherwise.As one can see, Broomhead is no where near the top of  OBOR's leadership. 
Add to this the fact that China's HKTDC will not even admit to this map on its own website (a story for another day) ,showing the extension of the belt to Darwin ,and one has every reason to treat OBOR with caution.

As ASEAN has just discovered, China can use OBOR to force its own position.China's investment in Malaysia pursuant to OBOR (and brought on by the 1 MDB scandal) was obviously a lever that was used to disrupt the joint communique ASEAN had intended on the matter of China's intrusion into the South China Sea. 

OBOR ought to be treated with caution.Doing so is in Australian national interests.


The Australia China OBOR Initiative
Our Team

Jean Dong
Executive Director

Felicity Ford

Mark Wu

Xu Wang
Research Associate

Advisory Board

Malcolm Broomhead
Chairman -Orica Limited
Director -BHP Billiton Limited
Chairman -Plc, Asciano Limited

Dr Liu Jian Xing
-International Cooperation Center, National Development & Reform Commission

Dr. Shuaihua Wallace
Managing Director
-International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development China

Paul Cooper
Chairman -Normal Disney and Young
Chairman -Gane Energy & Resources Pty Ltd (GEAR) and Gane Energy & Resources (China) Limited
Former Non-Executive Director -AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd (AXA APH)

Prof. Wei An Li
President & Chancellor
-Tianjin University of Finance & Economics.

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