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The world is no longer America’s oyster. Now world is looking towards economic connectivity and multipolar relationship. China has planned to connect 65 percent population of the world through OBOR – One Belt One Road/Silk Road. This is trade routes and economic corridor from Asia to Europe. Ports, roads railway lines and other infrastructure projects with cost of US$900bn. China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor is also the part of OBOR Silk Road Connectivity. This corridor will link China and central Asia with Europe and Africa.

The three presidents singed the economic partnership agreement at the 11th SCO meeting consisting of 32 projects. China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor is not only a road but it will build a new platform for trade and bilateral relationships. The unipolar world is looking towards China because it looms large not only in Asia but the in World.

Three presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia), Xi Jinping (China) and  Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj (Mongolia) signed “China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor” agreement:

China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor

“China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor is Setting up a trilateral economic corridor is one of the key points in the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt initiative,” Wang Yi said at talks with his Mongolian counterpart Lundeg Purevsuren on Thursday, TASS reported.

High speed train and road between Moscow and Beijing is also the part of this Corridor, the idea coincides with the Eurasian transport corridor, which plans to include fast and reliable transport system everywhere on Silk Road. High speed rail link could connect Moscow and Beijing in just 48 hours.

“There is a huge area for cooperation existing between China, Russia and Mongolia. The construction of the China Mongolia Russia economic corridor would connect China’s Silk Road Economic Belt to Russia’s transcontinental rail plan and Mongolia’s Prairie Road program,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement, Sputnik reported.

“We are confident that this would bring economic benefit to our three countries and serve as a major boost to the economic advancement of Eurasia as a whole,” Wang Yi said.

Russia has led the founding of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) which aims to strengthen regional ties between ex-soviet states and beyond. So far it includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, with Kyrgyzstan, and possibly others, slated to join this year.

China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor

The EEU (Eurasian Economic Union) which came into force in January 2015 was officially created by Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan on May 29, 2014.

Silk Road initiative Xi Jinping (Chinese President) was proposed the idea of One Belt, One Road to link China with Europe for trade to boost economy of Asian countries and Africa when he was in meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on the side-lines of the 14th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2014.

Moreover, Russian’s President Vladimir Putin seems to have its secret rapprochement towards Afghanistan’s Taliban, this strategic adventure show that the country wants to play a new great game in Afghanistan. In this regard, Chinese President Xi Jinping is also poised to stand by this ‘Russian strategic adventure’ against US pre-eminence in the region.

Russia began its new great game in Afghanistan and dealing with Taliban are aim to attain some economic and military objectives in the region. The Russia considers Afghanistan a suitable war theatre to ravage its Cold War rival therefor established communication links with Taliban against US and Nato forces in Afghanistan..

Russia wants to spread its economic and military wings to the Persian Gulf and has already connected itself with Afghanistan by means of road and rail links through energy-rich Central Asia.

Russia’s nebulous public position on its growing ties with Pakistan continues to give sleepless nights to Indian policymakers who have sought to isolate Islamabad on the issue of terrorism.

At the other side, “Moscow has not just declared strong support for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project but also announced its intention to link its own Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) project with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)” by Russia’s ambassador Alexey Y Dedov while talk to media last month in Pakistan.

Russia strongly supported CPEC as it was important for regional connectivity as China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor both at key position in OBOR Silk Road, He added.

The comments made by Dedov are only the latest in a series of Russian doublespeak on Pakistan this year. As it officially conveyed to Moscow, India was disturbed by Russia’s decision to hold its first ever joint military exercise with Pakistan days after Uri terror strike which left 19 Indian soldiers dead. The Russians justified it by saying that the exercise was meant to help Pakistan deal with terrorism.

At the Brics Goa summit in October, Russia chose not to help India publicly name Pakistan based terrorist outfits like Lashkar and Jaish in the official declaration in the face of Chinese resistance.
Russia continues to insist that its ties with Pakistan will not come at India’s cost. Asked about the Russia-Pakistan military exercise though, at the recent Heart of Asia conference, Russia’s presidential envoy to Pakistan Zamir Kabulov said Moscow didn’t complain about India’s close cooperation with the US and so India also shouldn’t complain about “much low level” of cooperation between Russia and Pakistan. India may or may not complain, but it’s certainly watching with eyes wide open.

China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor Map:

China Mongolia Russia Economic Corridor