The new Silk Road


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The name Silk Road is ancient and continues to be very attractive with 2000 years of history. Globalization also has a long history but came into fashion late in the 1980s. The Western empires succeeded to develop trade and economic exchanges, culture and education, which were also part of the colonial discourse. At present globalization is much more global. For China, it is implicitly linked with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which starts in Central Asia. China’s discourse on political economy, geopolitics and world trade occupy a very important space. Infrastructure development is essential to really establish the Belt and Road program, which was initiated in 2013. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) predicates modernity, multiculturalism, interdisciplinarity and the Internet strengthens it. International arbitration has to be developed to make the New Silk Road more global. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina’s globalization and the Belt and Road Initiative
EditorsJean A. BERLIE
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030222895
ISBN (Print)9783030222888
Publication statusPublished - 2020


Berlie, J. A. (2020). The new Silk Road. In J. A. Berlie (Ed.), China’s globalization and the Belt and Road Initiative (pp. 13-40). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Africa
  • Arbitration
  • Belt and Road
  • Central Asia
  • Development
  • Globalization
  • Harmony
  • Infrastructure
  • Silk Road


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