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The Dragon Stirs- The New Silk Road , , , ,

The ancient Silk Road evokes visions of robed merchants riding loftily on camels, their merchandise bobbing up and down on the camels’ back as they cross silent, thirsty deserts. From Chang’an (Xian today) in China to Rome, traders traversed this route, carrying mainly silk, hence the name “Silk Road”.

For some 16 centuries from the second century BC, the Silk Road not only moved merchandise from the east to the west, it also transported the glorious cultures of China, India, Persia, Arabia, Greek and Rome. And then the road caved in when the Ottoman Empire closed it in the 16th century. Until now, thanks to one man – Xi Jinping, the president of China.


China is re-carving the ancient Silk Road with the grandest, most technologically advanced tools as her most ambitious project in history. Re-born as “Belt and Road Initiative”, this ginormous network of land and sea routes, including even an Arctic Ocean route,  is touted as “the roadmap to the future”, a “visionary blueprint for global economic development in the new world order” and a host of other elaborate accolades.

As the Silk Road transformed the way international trade was done in ancient times, the Belt and Road Initiative provides the modern solution to spur global growth and development in the 21st century and beyond.

The Belt and Road Initiative will stretch from mainland China to Central Asia and on to Europe. The projects located along this expanse will prosper two-thirds of the world’s population living in more than 60 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Arctic.

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Weight 200 g
Dimensions 14.7 x 1.1 x 21 cm

Bob Teoh, Ong Juat Heng





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