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OBOR: Will It Reboot the Chinese Economy?

By World Commerce Review

The Chinese President Xi Jinping mooted the idea of the New Silk Road and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives in 2013. Later, in November 2014, the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) concept was officially unveiled at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meet with the establishment of a $40 billion silk fund. The OBOR project has two parts. One Belt will be a land based economic corridor slated to run from Xian in Shaanxi province, China, traversing through Central Asia and Europe before terminating at Venice in Italy. The belt involves significant investments to develop road and rail infrastructure along this corridor along with other ancillary facilities like high speed fibre optic cables for better communication and energy pipelines.

The One Road, on the other hand, refers to the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road - a sea based route, originating from Quanzhou in Fujian province China, passing through the Strait of Malacca in order to reach Nairobi (Kenya), before merging with the land based route at Venice. Investments are likely to be undertaken in development of ports in the participant countries along with initiatives to simplify procedures of transporting goods across the borders……

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