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New Silk Road initiatives across the world
And In a 21st century context, the Silk Road countries drew people’s attention back to the area because of the region’s abundant oil and gas resources, great economic potential and critical geopolitical location. As grand political and economic agendas are planned out for the region, they are invariably entitled with the historical cultural term of the Silk Road, including the New Silk Road Initiative of the US, Silk Road Economic Belt of China and others by Kazakhstan, Japan, EU, etc.
Yet this is not a research to evaluate the opportunities and risks these Silk Road plans bring about per se, but how the cultural term is cleverly borrowed to make an economic and political case for the region, and how the Silk Road’s loosely defined geography is tailored in different narratives to help tell their own story.