The New Silk Road as the Pendulum Axis of History: China’s “Journey to the West” Opens a Range of Opportunities to Europe

Georgina Higueras

Abstract


The pendulum of History leaves the West to return to the East, as in the times of Marco Polo. China has found in the resurrection of the Silk Road the instrument for a more inclusive global economic growth and that is also in line with the multipolar world that the government proposes. In just five years, The Belt and Road Initiative, as it is formally referred to, has made great strides in its revolutionary global connection plan and added new followers, despite of the swiftness of the Chinese’s ascent is scaring many countries, especially its neighbors. The purpose of this article is to analyze the misgivings of Europe and the range of opportunities that Beijing is
offering to create together a model of sustainable
development and address the major challenges
that affect both: inequality, climate change and
protectionist drift. The New Silk Road is a unique
opportunity to bring closer the two extremes of
Eurasia, which today, more than ever, need to
understand each other.

Keywords


Belt & Road Initiative; Xi Jinping; China; European Union; Central Asia; 16+1.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18002/sin.v7i2.5728

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