One Belt, One Road (OBOR): Challenges and Opportunities
By Victor Da Hsuan Feng
November 1, 2016
Colleagues:This morning I discussed with many of you about popularizing the concept of One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) to all corners of the world. One consensus I received from many of you was that utilizing English to discuss this issue is critical. In discussing with people who are Chinese (but may not be fluent in Chinese) or non-Chinese, they all seem to be very curious about OBOR. However, all of them said to me that the fact that whatever information they could land their hands on about OBOR, it would in all likelihood be in Chinese. To learn about the meaning of OBOR becomes an impossible challenge. With that as background, I thought I could at least start by leveraging the opportunity where I had to deliver my OBOR to Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati via Skype, I made the concerted effort to translate my speech into English. Once I translated it, I also gave the talk to the France Macau Business Association. If I may say so myself, the response from the audience was very favorable. In fact, I may have an opportunity to deliver the same speech to the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Also, I am now invited to give the same speech in Singapore again, but this time the organizers specifically wanted it in English.
I hope that as an individual, I could at least open the door ajar for “Foreigners” to have a slightly better understanding on OBOR.
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Victor Da Hsuan Feng is Director of Global Affairs and Special Advisor to Rector at University of Macao. Prof. Feng is a fellow of the American Physical Society and an expert in nuclear and nuclear astrophysics, quantum optics, and mathematical physics, with wide range of experiences and outstanding achievements as a scholar, researcher and leader of university comprehensive development. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: +853 8822 4327; Fax: +853 8822 2347