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博鳌亚洲
Boao Forum for Asia
the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
BRICS New Development Bank
the ancient Silk Road
丝绸之路精神：和平合作、开放包容、互学互鉴、互利共赢the Silk Road Spirit: peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit政策沟通、设施联通、贸易畅通、资金融通、民心想通policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpended trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds坚持共商、共建、共享原则
jointly built through consultation to meet the interests of all互联互通
establish and strength partnerships / connectivity丝绸之路经济带核心区
a core area on the Silk Road Economic Belt
the Silk Road （Duhuang） International Culture Expo丝绸之路国际电影节
Silk Road International Film Festival
Silk Road International Book Fair
共同打造开放、包容、均衡、惠普的区域经济合作架构jointly creating an open, inclusive and balanced regional economic cooperation architecture that benefits all消除投资和贸易堡垒
remove in investment and trade barriers
develop cross-border e-commerce
carry forward the spirit of friendly cooperation of the Silk Road塑造和谐友好的文化生态和舆论环境
foster harmonious and friendly cultural environment and public opinion开展教育医疗、减贫开发、生物多样性和生态环保等各类公益慈善活动organize public interest activities concerning education, health care, poverty reduction, biodiversity and ecological protection for the benfit of the general public