Now China’s President Xi Jinping is bringing it into the 21st century under the name: “Belt and Road Initiative”。
Bye, bye camels, hello trains capable of transporting Chinese-made goods, such as laptops, 12,000 kilometers to Germany. This will be faster than shipping by sea.
But maritime trade is also a big part of the Belt and Road Initiative, linking key ports in Asia, Europe and Africa.
While the maritime route already hosts much of the world’s cargo,its overland counterpart passes through some of the world’s most remote regions.
So, the challenge for China and its partners is to create the infrastructure to support this 21st century superhighway, while reducing prohibitive import and export tariffs so East and West can do more business with each other.
Belt and Road Forun for International Cooperation博鰲亞洲
Boao Forum for Asia
the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
BRICS New Development Bank
the ancient Silk Road
絲綢之路精神：和平合作、開放包容、互學互鑒、互利共贏the Silk Road Spirit: peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit政策溝通、設施聯通、貿易暢通、資金融通、民心想通policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpended trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds堅持共商、共建、共享原則
jointly built through consultation to meet the interests of all互聯互通
establish and strength partnerships / connectivity絲綢之路經濟帶核心區
a core area on the Silk Road Economic Belt
the Silk Road （Duhuang） International Culture Expo絲綢之路國際電影節
Silk Road International Film Festival
Silk Road International Book Fair
共同打造開放、包容、均衡、惠普的區域經濟合作架構jointly creating an open, inclusive and balanced regional economic cooperation architecture that benefits all消除投資和貿易堡壘
remove in investment and trade barriers
develop cross-border e-commerce
carry forward the spirit of friendly cooperation of the Silk Road塑造和諧友好的文化生態和輿論環境
foster harmonious and friendly cultural environment and public opinion開展教育醫療、減貧開發、生物多樣性和生態環保等各類公益慈善活動organize public interest activities concerning education, health care, poverty reduction, biodiversity and ecological protection for the benfit of the general public