Thursday, September 8, 2016
CHINA'S SILK ROAD
By | Updated Sep 8, 2016 1:05 AM UTC
The name Silk Road conjures images of caravans, desert steppes and adventurers like Marco Polo navigating the ancient trading routes connecting China with Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. China’s modern-day adaptation aims to revive those routes via a network of railways, ports, pipelines and highways. President Xi Jinping champions his pet project as a means to spur development, goodwill and economic integration, as well as finding markets for China's over-producing factories. Critics — both along and beyond the Silk Road routes — are wary of China's push to spread its influence further west.