Who’s Afraid of One Belt One Road?
The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge – EIR Special Report
Helga Zepp-LaRouche – The New Silk Road is Transforming the Planet: A New Era of Mankind
Published on Oct 25, 2014
Keynote address by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Founder of the Schiller Institute.
“The New Silk Road and China’s Lunar Program: Mankind is the only creative Species!” — 30th Anniversary Conference of the Schiller Institute, October 18-19, 2014, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
The New Silk Road program consists two routes, known as “One Belt, One Road” (see the map). The land route is called “the Silk Road Economic Belt,” linking central Asia, Russia and Europe. The sea route has an odd name: “the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” and goes through the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Thus, “One Belt, One Road.”
The New Silk Road (Orenburg)
A film about a new transcontinental highway from Europe to Western China has been made for the Orenburg Region govermnent. Orenburg plays a key role in the project, being the gateway from Russia to Asia. The film is emotional, impressive and original.
The script was written by Ivan Sidelnikov, a famous documentary film director, our old friend and partner, and the head of Mercator Northwest.
First, Ivan spent weeks in the Orenburg steppe; then he worked for weeks in the editing room; finally, he came out with an excellent film, which we are proud to present to you.
«Roads, which used to be one of Russias main problems, are now becoming part of Russias strategy. We will certainly build them!»
DMCC signs One Belt One Road agreement
New Silk Road: China, Russia strengthen trade ties amid Western sanctions
Published on Apr 21, 2014
With US calling for tougher sanctions on Russia, Moscow is turning to China for future business deals. RT’s business presenter
Katie Pilbeam explains more. Russian President Putin will pay a visit to China next month to seal a gas deal. China expert Andrew Leung believes the doors are opening on a long partnership. This could shift international economic landscape.
CHINA – THE SILK ROAD
Published on Dec 24, 2013
The Silk Road is the world’s oldest, and most historically important overland trade route. For over 2000 years, traders and merchants travelled the deserts of central Asia exchanging goods between the Chinese empire and the rest of the world. As a result, the oases of the desert sprang up into dynamic cities. A vast network of interconnected caravan routes that stretched for over 6,500 klm enabled the exchange of products and ideas between China and the rest of the world. The Silk Road began around 329 BCE, when Alexander the Great conquered the entire known world and promoted trade to the east and got its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade along it. Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and various technologies, religions and philosophies. The great story of the Silk Road is that Buddhism travelled on it, from India.
The dry climate has preserved many ruins, while many ethnic groups make their home in this part of China. The Ancient Silk Road started at Xian and then it reached Dunhuang, where it divided into three, the Southern, Central and the Northern Route. The pictures in this video start in Xian and cover the northern route. Xian is one of the oldest cities of China with more than 3,100 years of history. It is home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The terracotta warriors, is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect him in his afterlife. Lanzhou is the next stop. 100km SE on the Yellow River, are the Bingling Temple Caves. The first begun around 420 CE at the end of the Western Jin Dynasty.
Work continued and more grottoes were added during the Wei, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.
Their inaccessibility spared them from destruction during the Cultural Revolution, while an 80-foot Buddha is carved into the cliff. Dunhuang is located between the Taklamakan desert and Gobi desert. Taklamakan is the world’s second largest shifting sand desert after Sahara. The Mogao caves, also called Thousand Buddha caves (the first was carved in 366AD) have the best Buddhist murals in the world. In Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, China’s largest province with only 20 million inhabitants, we visit Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar. Turpan’s, “Flaming Mountains”, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. Here we see the Gaochang city ruins, the former Uyghur capital (1st c BC) and the ancient Buddhist city of GaoHe Kerez (2nd c. BC). Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang and once an important station on the Silk Road, famous for being a major city furthest from any ocean. Kashgar, or Kashi, is a city with a history of more than 2,000 years. It was historically considered as the gateway and hub for the transfer of goods from China to Central Asia and Europe along the ancient Silk Road. Kashgar preserves the most complete Uygur culture, art and architecture and is famous for its bazaar and animal market.
Starting in Beijing, The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, to protect the Chinese Empire against the enemies, while its border controls allowed the imposition of duties of goods transported along the Silk Road. The entire wall with all its branches measure 21,000 klm. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC. Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. The city’s history dates back three millennia. As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political center of the country and is renowned for its palaces, temples, gardens, tombs, walls gates and art treasures.
MUSIC: Traditional Chinese Music “The Blooming of Rainy Night Flowers”, “Ode to Coral”, Instrumental Uyghur Music (Mining Rewabim), “Beijing Welcomes You” Official Album Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Music copyright is owned by the original artists.
Mysterious China Secrets of the Silk Road 1-3
Published on Jul 12, 2013
The Journey Along The Silk Road
Published on Apr 7, 2014
There is a single railroad following the Silk Road route, which linked Xian, China with the Roman Empire by way of Central Asia.
Due to conflicting agendas, an international train route was never established. This documentary follows Ken Ogata on a journey to bring the Silk Road to life; starting in Turfan in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, he changes trains in the westernmost part of China, and proceeds on through Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and finally Turkey.
The Silk Road: A New History
Published on Oct 30, 2013
Whenever we speak of the Silk Road, the mind’s eye conjures up a single merchant traveling on a camel laden with goods, most likely on his way to Rome. The discovery of multiple artifacts and excavated documents in northwest China allows us to revise this image. In fact, few people moving along the Silk Road were long-distance merchants. Under tight government supervision, merchants usually stayed on circuits close to home and exchanged goods for other goods, often not using coins at all. Other Silk Road travelers included missionaries, refugees, artists, and envoys, who have left the clearest document footprint of all. The most active foreign community in China were Sogdians, migrants from Samarkand and the surrounding areas. They found new homes in the small oasis-states ringing the Taklamakan Desert whose rulers encouraged religious tolerance as they welcomed newcomers to their realms. Valerie Hansen, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.