“21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road”

ChinAfrica - - China Report -

dur­ing the Qin and Han dy­nas­ties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220), the Mar­itime Silk Road has al­ways played an im­por­tant role in eco­nomic and cul­tural ex­changes 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, Pres­i­dent Xi pro­posed jointly build­ing a 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road in his speech to the In­done­sian par­lia­ment on Oc­to­ber 3, 2013.

The ini­tia­tive aims to boost CHINA-ASEAN mar­itime co­op­er­a­tion and forge closer ties in a com­mu­nity. 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.

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