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If you look out the window at the clouds, it is likely that they hang at a height of a kilometer or two. When the weather is better — it is four kilometers. Now imagine that there, above the clouds, there is a train.It is absolutely real situation. Ended last weekend, the visit of the head of the Chinese state President XI Jinping to Nepal has brought a harvest of 20 economic agreements. Among them is the decision to start a study project to construct a railroad from Chinese Tibet to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. That is, simply put, the roads through the Himalayas.Have to study the financial side of things, but as far as technology, they China has. Because the road, including a four-kilometer height from the Chinese plains in Tibet, launched in 2014.Four kilometers… when you rise to a height of four times smaller (for example, in the southern foothills of the Tibetan plateau in Yunnan province), it is hard to breathe. For aircraft, this height is not a problem, but helicopters just above four kilometers to fly don’t like, not counting the individual records. But China taught train ride above the helicopters (As you, Elon Musk?).It’s not just technical, but also the global diplomatic scene. The fact that new technologies are changing the geographic reality, and she, in turn, changes the policy.Before an official visit to Nepal, XI Jinping traveled to India to meet with Prime Minister Narendra modi. But their communication was deliberately quiet — the information went in Friday evening (and this timing always works like a news black hole), but still the meeting was informal. And if so, what its outcome was said at first, many common words, that is nothing.
But then, after the Nepal news about the highland train, the picture of the whole situation became crystal clear, and about it — with great delay — started to write, speak and show. Intellectual-analytical storm has swept India, Chinese cities, particularly Hong Kong, which not only goes to demonstration (people there are, in fact, still working and, in particular, analyze the trade-political situation in Asia and the world in General). Then joined other centers of thought. Everyone understood that there was a sensation and it concerns not only of Nepal.The fact that the road through the Himalayas can, of course, stay in Kathmandu (despite the fact that it cost then it will be Golden), but, in fact, economic logic automatically extends it to India. A huge wall of the mountain massif has always contributed to the fact that two neighbouring superstate are circuitous trade routes. And if the road to Kathmandu gets stuck, then all will be clear that the continuation of it prevents exceptionally bad policy. And unprofitable India.It is interesting to observe how varied the tone of the Indian media. First, they — even the Pro-government — admonished modi: come on, tell me that si. Recall the standing with the cocked trigger in the same Himalayas in 2017, where after a long war, the border between the two countries never agreed.But after the Nepalese visit to the same media we read: it turns out that its already the second informal summit, the two leaders have developed a “new grammar of the negotiations.” What happened at that informal meeting? Modi said that conflicts between the two neighbours will be no more, there was a consensus that the confrontation between the two economies will only hurt both. And — “two of the nation feel that, together, can command the world’s economies, as they have done in the past”, so we create a coordination mechanism for trade development.Tightened and evaluation Hong Kong analysts: breakthrough in the global economy, and at the right time: when the economy breaks down into the abyss of the us-China trade war. Two Asian giants have decided that their future together with each other.
This notice in Washington. Well if India will formally join the Chinese ones like the “Belt and road” — the question of Philology.Happened, in fact, the following. Beijing showed Delhi that resist its peaceful offensive unprofitable. Imagine the scene: India grimly watches as Chinese investments improve life in “her” region (Pakistan — Nepal — Bhutan — Bangladesh — Sri Lanka) and as the mountain road for the first time able to link it from East to West, hangs at most of its borders. Who in this situation wants to be isolated?By the way, this situation is familiar to us. We have traditionally “our” Central Asia, developing ties with China. What do we do? Can be gloomy to envy, but to rejoice that our borders become richer and more stable than the familiar us state. And participate in the overall development.Dmitry Kosyrev