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The Grand Design of China's New Trade Routes

MIN READJun 24, 2015 | 09:15 GMT

A Chinese engineer supervises workers building a bridge over a river near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.
A Chinese engineer (L) supervises workers building a bridge over a river near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

(SAJJAD QAYYUM/AFP/Getty Images)

The strategy behind the Belt and Road Initiative is to diversify transit lines, thereby mitigating China's vulnerability to external economic disruption and reinvigorating China's slowing economy. China's ideal would be to link its inland cities to global markets with a diversified network of transit routes and energy pipelines, many of which would take inland routes and serve as alternatives to existing sea-lanes. The name of the initiative, "One Belt and One Road," is slightly misleading; this will not be a single overland road coupled with a single maritime route. The initiative envisions six corridors across Eurasia, many of which will mix land and maritime components....

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