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21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Updated: 2017-04-19 | By: China.org.cn

21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Formed during the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC-AD 220), the Maritime Silk Road has always played an important role in economic and cultural exchanges between East and West. And Southeast Asia has always been a nexus of this interaction. On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership, President Xi Jinping proposed jointly building a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in his speech to the Indonesian parliament on October 3, 2013. The initiative aims to boost China-ASEAN maritime cooperation and forge closer ties in a community with a shared future. It calls for joint efforts across the region and beyond. Starting with the launch of individual projects that are expected to help spur a wider range of cooperative activities, it envisions a network of interconnected markets linking the ASEAN, South Asia, West Asia, North Africa, and Europe, and a strategic partnership for the South China Sea and the Pacific and Indian oceans.

21世纪海上丝绸之路

自秦汉时期开通以来,海上丝绸之路一直是沟通东西方经济文化交流的重要桥梁。东南亚地区自古以来就是海上丝绸之路的重要枢纽和组成部分。在中国与东盟建立战略伙伴十周年之际,为了进一步加强双方的海上合作,发展双方的海洋合作伙伴关系,构建更加紧密的命运共同体,2013年10月3日,习近平主席在印度尼西亚国会发表演讲时提出,共同建设“21世纪海上丝绸之路”。21世纪海上丝绸之路的战略合作伙伴并不仅限与东盟,而是以点带线,以线带面,串起连通东盟、南亚、西亚、北非、欧洲等各大经济板块的市场链,发展面向南海、太平洋和印度洋的战略合作经济带。