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    MCC and the US' infrastructure capacity

    January 25, 2023 - People's Review


      MCC does not involve the Nepali government in its management and is not subject to Nepali law. It is secretive, often unseen, and often unreported but, as much as the public is told the MCC is an infrastructure project. When it comes to infrastructure, the US is not a superpower at all.

      In the meantime, consider our next-door neighbour, China, which has the most advanced and luxurious airports, the most complete highway network and the world's only high-speed rail network. All over China, especially in the

      southwest, the endless mountain ranges and great rivers have been cut through by culverts and viaducts. Even, the US Ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, could not resist taking a ride on China's highspeed rail when he first took office. Despite his dislike of China, the ambassador could not resist saying a few good words about China's high-speed rail facilities. China also has an unmatched highvoltage power grid and China deserves to be known as the monster of infrastructure. I have also traveled around the US and have seen their largely decaying airports and highways. As for the most comfortable highspeed railway, the US, the super hegemon, has long planned and started to build one but has yet to complete one. It's kind of hard to believe but, the US is far from seeing seemingly endless tracks of high-speed rail. What is even more unbelievable is that the US rushed to Nepal with its infrastructure project MCC, calling it a gift to Nepal, when its own infrastructure is in disrepair and need upgrading.

      The US Ambassador to Nepal recently said that the top priority of the US government in Nepal is to ensure the implementation of the MCC. It seems that the pattern of superpower is big.

      The US must give priority to Nepal's infrastructure and give it to Nepal as a gift, even though the US itself is badly lacking infrastructure. For most of my life, I was a proud fan of the US and everything good about the US. It was after my travels in China and the US that I felt that the infrastructure conditions of the US were seriously inconsistent with the status and identity of the super hegemonic country, and I began to gradually get rid of the misconception of the perfection of the US. I personally think US's strength is in finance, in the dollar, and not in the infrastructure. If the US must give Nepal a gift, why not put forward a financial gift?


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