As early as 2, 000 years ago, the Maritime Silk Road started from China’s south-east coastal regions, traversing a vast expanse of oceans and seas to countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.
Cristinel Gelu Dadal from Romania takes photos of Quanzhou-style wood carvings during an exhibition on intangible cultural heritages along the ancient Maritime Silk Roadin Quanzhou, southeast China’s Fujian Province, Nov. 23, 2019. The city of Quanzhou is widely believed to be the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road. (Xinhua/Wei Peiquan)
The main routes of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road:
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The oceans comprise the largest ecosystem on earth, contributing valuable assets for human survival and a common arena for sustainable development. As globalization and regional economic integration progress, oceans have become a foundation and bridge for market and technological cooperation and for information sharing 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Developing the blue economy has become an international consensus, ushering in a new era of increased focus and dependence upon maritime cooperation and development. As the saying goes, “Alone, we go faster; together, we go further. ” Conforming with the prevailing trend of development, openness and cooperation, strengthening maritime cooperation contributes to closer links between world economies, deeper mutually beneficial cooperation, and broader space for development. Enhancing maritime cooperation also enables various countries to jointly tackle challenges and crises, thus promoting regional peace and stability.
China advocates the Silk Road Spirit – “peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit”, and exerts efforts to implement the United nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the field of coasts and oceans. China is willing to work closely with countries along the Road, engage in all-dimensional and broad-scoped maritime cooperation and build open and inclusive cooperation platforms, and establish a constructive and pragmatic Blue Partnership to forge a “blue engine” for sustainable development.