The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road aims to boost China-ASEAN maritime cooperation and forge closer ties in a community of a shared future. It calls for joint efforts across the region and beyond.
Attendees participate in a forum in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China’s Fujian Province, Dec. 11, 2017. The Maritime Silk Road Forum on Arts Development was held here during the 3rd Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival on Monday. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)
— Maritime Silk Road
Starting from Quanzhou Fujian Province, the Maritime Silk Road was the earliest voyage route that was formed in the Qin and Han dynasties, developed from the Three Kingdoms Period to the Sui Dynasty, flourished in the Tang and Song dynasties, and fell into decline in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Through the Maritime Silk Road, silks, china, tea, and brass and iron were the four main categories exported to foreign countries; while spices, flowers and plants, and rare treasures for the court were brought to China. Therefore, the Maritime Silk Road was also known as “the Maritime China road” or “the Maritime spices road”.
— 21st Century Maritime Silk Road
Formed during the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC-AD 220), the Maritime Silk Road has always played an important role in economic and cultural exchanges and integration between East and West. And Southeast Asia has always been a nexus of this interaction. On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership, China proposed jointly building a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road on October 3, 2013. The initiative aims to boost China-ASEAN maritime cooperation and forge closer ties in a community of a shared future. It calls for joint efforts across the region and beyond.
Starting with the launch of individual projects that are expected to help spur a wider range of cooperative activities, it envisions a network of interconnected markets linking the ASEAN, South Asia, West Asia, North Africa, and Europe, and a strategic partnership for the South China Sea and the Pacific and Indian oceans.
— The main routes of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road:
— The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road passess through 23 countries and regions:
The Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Brunei, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Tanzania, Greece, Italy
About Xinhua Silk Road
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