Deutsche Welle Documentary – The New Silk Road (1) From China to Pakistan + (2) From Kyrgyzstan to Duisburg + China’s Gateway to Europe:The New Silk Road (1) + (2)

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The Silk Road was Not Actually A Road It was Not Paved.(foto subgerenciadeturismolima.blogspot.com).

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Heyday of the Great Silk Road connecting Roma and Han Empires 100 0BC – 100 CE) A snapshot of some Maritime Belt & Road Poject (foto azizyardimli.com)

Dangers of the Silk Road (foto Slideplayer.com)

It was incredibly dangerous to travel along the Silk Road. You faced desolate white-hot sand dunes in the desert, forbidding mountains, brutal winds, and poisonous snakes. There was one nice section, called the Gansu Corridor, a relatively fertile strip that ran along the base of one of the mountains. To reach this strip, you had to cross the desert or the mountains. And of course, there were always bandits and pirates. Even the traders did not make the whole trip. They worked in relays. Each trader would go a certain distance, exchange their goods for other goods, and hopefully return. The next would move along the road, trade, and hopefully return. There were three main routes, and all were dangerous. Northern Route – Westward to Black Sea. Central Route – Westward to Persia, Mediterranean Sea, Rome. Southern Route – Westward to Iran, India.

Our Guide Kashgar – Xi An. (foto Facebook)

Ols Ailkn Road Naib Routes (foto FT

The Belt and Road Initiative (foto Xinhua News Agency)

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he China Turkey Rail Link (foto DHL)

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The New Silk Road (1) From China to Pakistan

China’s Move On The West (1) (foto YouTube)

Published 20 jul. 2019

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The New Silk Road is a mammoth project intended to connect China with the West. It’s a gigantic infrastructure project that Beijing says will benefit everyone. But this two-part documentary shows China’s predominant self-interest and geopolitical ambitions. The old Silk Road is a legend, whereas the New Silk Road is a real megaproject. China wants to reconnect the world though a network of roads, railways, ports and airports between Asia and Europe. A team of reporters travels by sea and land along the New Silk Road and shows how China, with the largest investment program in history, is expanding its influence worldwide. Their journey begins in Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta. This is where China’s legendary rise to an economic superpower began 40 years ago. The private market economy experiment unleashed forces that allowed Shenzhen to grow into a mega-metropolis. <

The team takes a container ship towards Southeast Asia. Its first stop is the port city of Sihanoukville in Cambodia. A joke is making the rounds there these days: you can now travel to China without a passport and without leaving your own country. Sihanoukville is now almost part of China itself! The Chinese have financed practically everything built here in the recent past: the extension of the port, new roads, bridges and factories. Many Cambodians are unhappy and feel like losers in the boom. Rising prices and rents are making the poor even poorer. But for land and house owners, on the other hand, it’s a Bonanza.

In Myanmar, resistance is already growing. Locals in Kachin have successfully blocked a new dam project, asking how the Chinese could produce energy for their own country whilst leaving the locals themselves without electricity? The Myanmar government pulled the emergency brake and the huge Chinese dam project did not get beyond the first concrete piers in the river. The Karakorum Highway from Kashgar in China across the Roof of the World to Islamabad in Pakistan is one of the most difficult and dangerous roads in this breathtaking mountain world. Once the road is finished, it often disintegrates again, and rock falls and landslides block the highway as if the Karakorum Mountains are trying to deny China strategic access to the Arabian Sea. The first part of the report ends in Islamabad.

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The New Silk Road (2) From Kyrgyzstan to Duisburg

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China’s Move On The West (2) (foto YouTube)
Published 20 jul. 2019
The New Silk Road is a mammoth project meant to connect China with the West. It’s a gigantic infrastructure project that Beijing says will benefit all. But this two-part documentary shows another side: of China’s self-interest and geopolitical ambitions. China’s path to global power leads through the legendary trade road. Our authors travel west on two separate paths: One team follows the sea route, along which China is expanding its support bases, while the other follows the ancient Silk Road through Central Asia. Their journey takes them through stunning landscapes and to magical places with ancient caravanserais, where the lore of the old Silk Road lives on. At the same time, they observe China’s overwhelming new influence in immense construction sites and shipping hubs.
People everywhere are hoping the new trade will bring them and their children work and prosperity, just as the old Silk Road did hundreds of years ago. But others fear that a future dominated by China will bring them no good at all. “Clean water, the mountains and nature are much more important than the money they give us,” the filmmakers learn in Kyrgyzstan. Chinese investment has not only bestowed the country with better roads, power lines and railway lines, but also with environmental pollution, corruption and crippling debt. Oman is another stop on the line, where Beijing has taken over large parts of a new Special Economic Zone in the desert city of Duqm. You can still see traditional Arab dhows in the old harbor at Sur, but they no longer have a place in today’s international trade. Instead, the horizon is dotted with huge container ships, many of them flying the Chinese flag.
Meanwhile, the French port city of Marseille is aiming to become the New Silk Road’s European bridgehead. A small container village in the hills above the city is the first step. Cheap textiles from the Far East are delivered here to the “Marseille International Fashion Center”. MIF 68 for short – 68 is considered a lucky number in China – is geared towards distributing China’s products throughout Europe. The two part documentary shows the breathtaking dimensions of this gigantic project – one where, it would seem, no stone will be left unturned.
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China’s Gateway to Europe: the New Silk Road (1)

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Published 7 dec. 2020

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The “New Silk Road” is an enormous Chinese international development project. It’s a trade network that involves Asia, Africa, and Europe – and more than 70 countries are

China is investing in bridges, port facilities, railroads, and roads around the world. Beijing is spending several hundred billion euros on what it calls the “Silk Road Economic Belt.” Chinese President Xi Jinping says the project will provide development opportunities and wealth for China and the entire world. Beijing will take the lead role in building this infrastructure network.

After the financial crisis in Greece, no European country wanted to invest there – but China saw an opportunity, and bought shares in the port of Piraeus. By 2016, Beijing owned a majority of shares. The Greek dockworkers’ union still finds it hard to accept that the port no longer belongs to Greece.

In 2019, Italy joined the Silk Road project — and signed a memorandum of understanding with China on development of the port of Trieste. But critics warn that the “Silk Road” project will allow Beijing to spread its influence around the world. Europe is divided between those who favor such cooperation, and those who oppose it.

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China’s Gateway to Europe: the New Silk Road (2)

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Published 19 feb. 2021

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The “New Silk Road” is an enormous Chinese international development project. It’s a trade network that involves Asia, Africa, and Europe — and more than 70 countries are already involved. It may turn the old world order upside down.

China is investing in bridges, port facilities, railroads, and roads around the world. Beijing is spending several hundred billion euros on what it calls the “Silk Road Economic Belt.”

Eastern European and the Balkan countries in particular are interested in Chinese loans and investments, as they look beyond the EU for sources of capital. In turn, the region is attractive to China because of its strategic position as a gateway to the West.
A new coal-fired power plant is being built in Tuzla, Bosnia, with the help from China. But not everyone is in favor of the project. While the new plant will emit fewer emissions which will have a positive effect on air-quality, some question the country’s decision to commit to using coal for decades to come.

Serbia has received the most Chinese funding of any country in the region. The Chinese have invested in an old steel factory and mine, built a bridge over the Danube and a highway. The EU, however, is wary of Serbia’s cooperation with Huawei. As part of China’s “Safe City Project”, Huawei face recognition cameras have been installed in 800 spots around the city of Belgrade. But the most important project for Serbia: a railway line between Belgrade and Budapest. China sees it as an opportunity to demonstrate its ability to meet EU standards. The line is meant to end in neighboring Hungary, but so far no work has begun in the EU member state. Nevertheless, Hungarian President Victor Orban takes every opportunity to stress just how important China is as a partner and the benefits the Belt and Road Initiative will have for Hungary.

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