By Reuters  March 17, 2018 | 06:07 pm GMT+7 Workers set up a flower display ahead of the the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, May 10, 2017. Photo by Reuters/Thomas Peter China plans to encourage companies to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages to the Arctic. China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic. Construction of the 104.4-meter vessel, equipped with an advanced electric propulsion and control system for navigating sea ice, was expected to be completed by August 2019, Xinhua reported. China released its first official Arctic policy white paper in January, in which it revealed plans to encourage companies to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages with the goal of building a "Polar Silk Road". The Belt … [Read more...] about China building Arctic cruise ship for ‘Polar Silk Road’
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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Quang Ninh Province's showroom at the 12th China ASEAN Expo in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung NANNING (VNS) — ASEAN and Chinese leaders agreed yesterday at an expo in China that the countries must enhance multilateral co-operation, trade and economic exchanges. Attending the opening ceremony of the 12th China ASEAN Expo in Nanning, Guangxi Province, leaders and officials said they believed business co-operation could only thrive on a foundation of trust and respect. The expo is held annually in China to promote trade among China and ASEAN countries. This year's theme is Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Creating a New Blueprint for Maritime Co-operation. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is scheduled to be formed by 2016, would enhance co-operation between ASEAN member countries, as well as … [Read more...] about China pushes maritime ‘silk road’ to West
VietNamNet Bridge – The so-called “Silk Road Initiative” in the East Sea is part of China’s three-direction tactic, analyzed by Dr. Nguyen Hong Thao, a senior expert on the East Sea issues. In May 2013, during his official visit to Malaysia and Indonesia, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the initiative to restore the so-called "Silk Road on the Sea". The initiative is aimed at three goals: 1) to support the production network across the region, to boost trade and improve the role of China as an investment opportunity, a capital source in the eyes of ASEAN, 2) to expand and link seaport systems, 3) to strengthen the role of overseas Chinese communities and 4) to enhance reliability in order to help ease tension in the region related to territorial disputes and sensitive historical issues. In July 2014, according to Chinese sources, Hainan province tried to register the "Maritime Silk Road" with UNESCO, and planned to excavate the wrecks at … [Read more...] about Is China’s Silk Road Initiative an interest in the East Sea?
China has recently accelerated archaeological exploration in the East Sea in order to support its seeking of the UNESCO’s world heritage title for the "Silk Road on the Sea". If UNESCO recognizes the "Silk Road on the Sea" as China’s world heritage, Vietnam's sovereignty in the East Sea will be affected, said Dr. Nguyen Tan Anh, Director of the UNESCO Centre of Science, Technology and Investment, in an interview with VietNamNet. Prof. Nguyen Tan Anh. What do you think about the “trick” of world heritage registration of China? The world has had similar precedent. For example, the border and Preah Vihear temple dispute between Thailand and Cambodia took place for a long time. In 2007 Cambodia applied for UNESCO’s recognition of the Preah Vihear Temple as the World Heritage. On June 7, 2008, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO met in Canada and recognized the temple as the world's cultural heritage, the third world heritage of Cambodia. According … [Read more...] about East Sea: Behind China’s Silk Road Initiative
(VOVworld) – Delegates discussed the Tonkin Gulf’s expanded economic cooperation and its connection with the implementation of Chinese leaders of “the 21st Maritime Silk Road” initiative at the 8th Tonkin Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum, which opened Thursday in Nanning City in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Delegates also discussed ways to boost trade and further people exchanges between China and ASEAN countries, including those on finance, investment, industrial development, and trans-national industrial cooperation. Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong was speaking at the event Speaking at the forum, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said that Vietnam was always ready to cooperate with China and other ASEAN countries to realize the expanded Economic cooperation in the Tonkin Gulf region, urging countries to closely cooperate in prioritized fields such as infrastructure development and … [Read more...] about 8th Tonkin Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum opens