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Belt and Road

The Belt & Road Initiative

In 2015, China announced the “Belt & Road” Initiative, also dubbed the “New Silk Road”. This is one of the largest infrastructure project to date, with mass development and investment involved. While there is no exact border, it is generally interpreted as a network of overland corridors (New Silk Road Economic Belt) and maritime routes (21st Century Maritime Silk Road).

Up till now, there are 6 international economic corridors spanning Europe, Asia, Africa, and touching various countries in North & South America in development.

These include:

  • The New Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor
  • The China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor
  • The China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor
  • The China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor
  • The Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar Economic Corridor
  • The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
  • The large coverage and scale indicate that no land will be able to avoid the impact of what will be a new EuroAsia era.


While the developments for the Belt and Road Initiative tend to lean towards hard infrastructure developments, it is hard to overlook the ripple effect into other areas: new transit hubs and rail routes that cut down transit time, relocation of populations, stronger trade bonds, and more cultural exchange etc.

For the logistics industry, the change in global supply chains and movement of goods suggests both challenges and opportunities. The rail route is becoming increasingly attractive as an alternative to the cheap yet slow maritime route, and the fast yet expensive air freight. Inland cities previously only reached by trans-loading and trucking may now be reached directly per train.

As a result, new relationships will need to be nurtured to navigate these waves and stay competitive.



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