Video Duration 25 minutes 10 seconds
From: Inside Story

Reviving the ‘silk road’

China has pledged billions of dollars for new trade routes over land and sea.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is hosting a two-day summit to win support for an ambitious economic project designed to transform world trade.

The “One Belt, One Road” initiative is a modern take on the old “silk road”.

Marco Polo pioneered the route from Europe to Asia around 750 years ago.

The latest project aims to create a vast network of new trade routes in central Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

So, how will it change global trade, who will benefit and can it succeed?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Pauline Loong – Asia-Analytica

Jabin T Jacob – Institute of Chinese Studies

Bruno Macaes – Portugal’s former junior minister for Europe