China Cements Eurasian Trade Routes With Great Silk Road Revival: The Infographic

Tyler Durden's picture

When it comes to the rise of Eurasia as the ascendent axis set to oppose US global hegemony, conventional wisdom focuses on the roles of China and Russia. However, the changing geopolitical landscape is certainly far more nuanced than merely the "west" versus the BRICS, and as the following infographic from SCMP shows, China has been quietly working to recreate one of the most legendary trade routes, "the Silk Road", linking Africa to the Middle East (Iraq and Iran) to India, to Indonesia and all culminating in Beijing, while at the same time the reverse leg of the route goes to Kazakhstan, Moscow and ultimately, Germany. The purpose: "to enhance political and economic ties with southeast Asia and beyond."

As SCMP reports, China has set up a 10 billion yuan fund to support infrastructure projects under the umbrella of the silk road plan. Initially floated in relation to Asean countries, the idea has grown to include ports such as Colombo and Gwadar. China is already working with Malaysia to upgrade the Malaysian port of Kuantan and Cambodian officials have made clear their enthusiasm in developing port infrastructure.

Container port data compiled by the United Nations shows China is already the world's biggest merchant marine operator. Around a quarter of the world's container tonnage passed through Chinese ports in 2012. The 155 million twenty foot equivalent Unites (TEUs) handled by Chinese ports dwarfs the 43 million handled by the second biggest operators, the United States. Customs administration figures show around 40,000 ships entered and left Chinese ports in the first half of 2014.

By naming the project the maritime silk road, Xi Jinping links the concept to the ancient sea routes piled by Admiral Zheng He in the 15th century. As head of a huge and technologically advanced fleet, Zheng He restored large-scale maritime trade after centuries of disruption, confirming China's status as the leading source of goods, technology and information for the rest of the world.

In June this year China's 2,400 year-old Grand Canal, which historically linked sections of the silk road, was awarded Unesco heritage status, as were large portions of the ancient overland silk road. The 11,179 kilometer Yunxinou International Railway linking Chongqing and Xinjiang with Europe and, commonly referred to as the "New Silk Road", runs alongside many of these ancient caravan tracts.

The message China is trying to send to the west by recreating trade routes that defined its dominance in global trade, and which would enmesh the entire eastern hemisphere into one massive trade zone, hardly needs to be clarified.

Infographic below:

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takeaction's picture

Off Topic..Is it possible that Obama wants to be impeached? This would seem the only way to really stir up the Democrats...otherwise they lose in November. "They" need an event.

kowalli's picture

puppet don't have a opinion

Skateboarder's picture

Public don't have an opinion either. Lies entirely with Hidden Hand Criminal Holdings Inc.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

China's economy is larger than the all the rest of the other BRICS combined.  This whole Silk Road idea, while interesting, does not mean all that much.

How about the "BRICS Bank"?  THAT seems to be getting attention!  $100 billion for the CRA (roughly, the IMF equivalent) from the BRICS members (although we will see how soon they put in the money).

Jim Willie writes of how important the BRICS will be.  He also writes of how important gold will be in the near future.

The "BRICS Bank" is likely NOT what many of you think it is.  It is pretty similar looking to the World Bank and IMF already up and running (since 1945).

And gold?  Where is gold?  Gold is discussed in the founding document of the IMF.  But, gold is nowhere mentioned in the "BRICS Bank" founding documents (the NDB and the CRA).

Details and some observations of these complicated new institutions (NDB and the CRA) can be found below.  See for yourselves.  "Read all about it."

"The BRICS Bank: A First Look"

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

He'll have to wait until after the 2014 elections. I'm sure a republican House and Senate will be more than glad to oblige him in 2015.


Back on topic: I thought this article might be about how China would be planning to pave a colossal 8-lane highway across the Gobi. No such luck.

On a brighter note, I've been studying the Pimsleur guide on Spanish napping. I'm perfecting my Sunday siesta skills. So unless this discussion plans on getting interesting, hasta la vista.

SafelyGraze's picture

it shall be called the East Eisenhower Transportation and Mobilization System

and commerce!

Oracle 911's picture

Molotov-Ribbentrop nonaggression pact came into my mind. I will tell the reason, it had a secret protocol how they will divide the territories.

And now my question is this, what if these BRICS bank agreements have secret protocols? What if these protocols are about converting US Treasury bond into PM's (it will result treasury bond dumping)?


BTW buyers want more for they money, so they will be silent about gold/silver notes or gold/silver purchasing in high quantity, that is the reason why I suspect existence of secret protocols. Not to mention if it became a common knowledge it may thwart they plans about putting up a new economic and trade system.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Secret protocols are indeed a possibility.  But, if all five BRICS are in on the secret, those secrets are at risk of being exposed.

Secrets are harder to keep nowadays.


The text of the Agreements, of course, has nothing to do with policies that each country (read: Russia and China) might follow to buy more gold & silver.  So even without secret protocols, China & Russia may indeed step up their buying of gold as they see fit.

I would...

balolalo's picture

This is a map of where you don't want to live for the foreseeable future.   

South Asia is about to be overrun. 

Raymond K Hessel's picture

This might be a map showing where Americans in the future hope to emigrant.  I think along the red lines.  They will need people to work the docks.

Eeyores Enigma's picture

Impeachment is a joke.

If you believe that the “President” is at the helm steering the whole enchilada…you are an idiot.  If you believe that voting in a different president will change anything... you are an idiot. If you believe that impeachment will change are an idiot. If you pay any attention to the election process or the impeachment are an idiot. (Princeton/Northwest study) If you watched every episode of are an idiot.
August's picture

At least I can still vote.

Bro of the Sorrowful Figure's picture

agree on all counts, with one exception. im waiting to see what happens in 2016 with rand paul. i feel like he wont be allowed to run, or will be set up against hillary to give us hope and then get crushed in the general election. but maybe, just maybe he'll get elected and actually act follow through with all of ron's policies. or maybe he's controlled opposition. fuck reading this site has made me so goddamn pessimistic.

PacOps's picture

You may wish to consider waiting to post an "off topic". Just simple etiquette.

hobopants's picture

Looks like ebola's got a new highway.

Jumbotron's picture

The Black Plague did start in Asia and traveled the original Silk Road.


"The Black Death is thought to have originated in the arid plains of central Asia, where it then travelled along the Silk Road, reaching the Crimea by 1343.[6] From there, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas living on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships. Spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe's total population.[7] All in all, the plague reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century."


History doesn't repeat......but she does rhyme.

Escrava Isaura's picture

PacOps ,

You said: “…post an "off topic".”

Did you check the title?

Great Silk Road Revival

Great? Revival?

Slow news day, I guess!

Headbanger's picture

Yeah get over it etiquette Nazi!

e_goldstein's picture

The smartest thing the Repubes could do is wait to impeach until after the election.

But then again the Repubes really aren't that smart.

elephant's picture

What makes you think he wants to be impeached?  Is he recently doing anything any more extraordinary than he has been doing for the past six years?

Okienomics's picture

Perhaps this is contributing to the weak Baltic Dry Index, i.e., bypassing the Baltic.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

off topic as well..
its not even debatable anymore...
Silver @ a phony paper price of $20 per oz....
yeah, right.

"Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) and Bank of Nova Scotia were accused in a lawsuit of rigging the price of billions of dollars in silver, an allegation similar to earlier suits involving the London gold fix.

The banks unlawfully manipulated the price of the metal and its derivatives, an investor claims in a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Manhattan. The banks abused their position of controlling the daily silver fix to reap illegitimate profit from trading, hurting other investors in the silver market who use the benchmark in billions of dollars of transactions, according to the suit.

“The extreme level of secrecy creates an environment that is ripe for manipulation,” according to the complaint. “Defendants have a strong financial incentive to establish positions in both physical silver and silver derivatives prior to the public release of silver fixing results, allowing them to reap large illegitimate profits.”

The lawsuit is the latest to be brought against banks alleging manipulation of a benchmark. Suits have been filed against Deutsche Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC and other banks in federal court in New York over allegations involving the London gold fix.
Silver Benchmark

“We intend to vigorously defend ourselves against this suit,” Diane Flanagan, a spokeswoman for the Bank of Nova Scotia, said in an e-mail. Juanita Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for HSBC, and Amanda Williams, a representative for Deutsche Bank, declined to comment.

J. Scott Nicholson, a Washington state resident who filed the case, is seeking to represent a class of investors who have bought silver future contracts since Jan. 1, 2007.
The suit includes claims of aiding and abetting manipulation, as well as violation of antitrust laws and the Commodity Exchange Act. Nicholson seeks unspecified damages.

Abitdodgie's picture

So what if the banks are found guilty , they will get a 5 million dollar fine and told not to do it again it means nothing ,the price of gold and silver will go up when they say it will go up and not before.

Farqued Up's picture

And the 5 million will go to the SEC, NOT to the harmed parties.

kito's picture

its good that china spends their time and money on productive efforts to shore up trade, secure deals for vital resources, create new lending alliances, back their currency with increased purchases of gold......and the u.s.???

giovanni_f's picture

The English aka zimbabwe-in-the-sea need another war. A prosperous continent - no way.

AnAnonymous's picture

At last, back to war.

Things is that 'americans' have the place already locked up. 'Americans' know their history. So they are already deep in, keeping things under control.

This map is 'american'. The silk road is severed. It gives away one major cause to the 'american' support for Israel (apart from the fact that 'Americans' residing in Israel carry out an 'american' policy, which is enough to get them 'american' support)

Historically, the silk road went through Sinai. and offered a land route (better for trading than sea routes)

'Americans' assigned the geopolitical part of locking up China to Israel. This is why the support of 'american' nations to Israel will not sway.

Quite sadly for many 'americans' on this site, Israel is an essential agent in the 'american' middle class welfare around the world. It wont change.

Beside the fact that this site is at least 50 years behind in this geostrategical consideration, well, at least, they mentioned the existence of the sild trade road.

Maybe in 2035, there will be an article on TAFTA.

Spitzer's picture

The proxy war against Russia is only exists because Putin threatens the petrodollar hegemony.

This is all so damn simple.

AnAnonymous's picture

The petrodollar hegemony? Threatened by Putin?

'Americans' are going into central asia under one threat: 'americans' have saturated the rest of the world. Central Asia is the last pocket of expansion, where they can thieve environment from others.

Everywhere else, the job is done. A job done is no longer to be done.

It is funny, 'americans' named unproperly the USD the petrodollar but they cant even accept one immediate consequence: once petroleum oil gone, the petrodollar is gone.

The USD is much more threatened by depletion of resources than by Putin, the BRICS or anything.

Escrava Isaura's picture


Do you understand the meaning of the word ‘Simple’?

Eliot said all that you wrote... in two lines.

quasimodo's picture

You might try acutally contributing something to the thread at hand instead of stupid and berating statements.......if not then please STFU.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Why are people putting Americans inside quotations marks?  

Are you implying we don't exist?

AnAnonymous's picture

in two lines.

How many characters by line?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


How many characters by line?

88 gives prosperings double the lucky.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

once petroleum is gone, the petrodollar is gone

and everything else but 1984 with it

Moe Hamhead's picture

this insanity can't last much longer

orangegeek's picture

hey china - build it and they will come, right?



22winmag's picture

Great, just what the world leader in shitting on the side of the road needs... more and longer roads.

BlindMonkey's picture

China or India? I get confused by who is the biggest road dumper sometimes.

laomei's picture

india doesn't really even have roads though

Urban Redneck's picture

This plan has been works in the works for years (I got my copy from the bankster consortium back in 2011).

The Russians don't really have roads either. You can click on the linked slides (5-23) without paying and see what they're replacing.

angel_of_joy's picture

They don't need roads. All they need is a railway which they already have !

laomei's picture

india doesn't have a railway of any actual merit, it's slow as all hell and just a giant mess.  it's one of the few places where they have a network which is state-owned and yet are utterly incapable of making it not suck worse every single year.

Notsobadwlad's picture

The recreation of the great silk road is part of the globalist plan for the world and has been well known and discussed in some of the (not so crazy) conspiracy sites for quite a while. Asia will be where we make things.

Along with this comes the destruction of America and its ultimate conversion, after the destruction, to an Info and Education hub ... and more pristine nature preserve.

And one world religion after the destruction of the Catholic Church.

And the City of London will be the world's financial hub.

The globalists are behind schedule. They initially (50 years ago) did not expect that they would have to use the terror ruse on the US population (only in Europe) ... and they have only left enough manufacturing in the US in case their plan goes horribly wrong.

They believe normal wars are obsolete, but because they believe that they have redeeming value for those who do well in them and to decrease population, they now believe they have to find substitutes.

A world centrally planned by psychopaths who believe they are God's (the goat's) gift to humanity. I would laugh if I was not crying.

AnAnonymous's picture

If the recreation of the silk road was a globalist dream, how does it come that 'americans' have been working hard to thwart the recreation?

Arent 'american' politicians supposed to be globalist?

Israel project was supported because it allowed to ensure that 'americans' could quietly loot the continent without much exterior interference as Israel position controlled the Sinai, which was the door to Africa for Asia.

'Americans', when they colonized the US, were cautious enough to colonize the sea coasts first before ending by the center. Because they did not want the Russians or others to reach the coast before them. They wanted to loot quietly the Indian lands, so they encircled, land locked it.

'American' way of proceeding, 'american' way of proceeding.

BruntFCA's picture

Where did you learn English?

The Israel project....

...allowed to ensure... You mean it ensured.

...exterior interference...You mean external.

...Israel position...You mean Israel's position.

Why start a new sentence with 'because' when the clause naturally followed? I've never read such bombastic codswallop on Zero Hedge before.