China Is Contemplating a “New Silk Road” That Doesn’t Involve the U.S.

Here is a very interesting look into how China sees itself as the 21st Century progresses: “China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Vision Revealed.”

On Thursday, China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency unveiled an ongoing feature entitled “New Silk Road, New Dreams.” The series promises to “dig up the historical and cultural meaning of the Silk Road, and spread awareness of China’s friendly policies towards neighboring countries.” The first article [Chinese] was titled  “How Can the World Be Win-Win? China Is Answering the Question.”

The Xinhua series promises the clearest look so far at China’s vision for its Silk Road Economic Belt as well as the Maritime Silk Road. One of the most intriguing pieces released Thursday was a map showing China’s ambitious visions for the “New Silk Road” and “New Maritime Silk Road.” It’s the clearest vision to date of the scope of China’s Silk Road plan.

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The maps of the two Silk Roads drive home the enormous scale of the project: the Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road combined will create a massive loop linking three continents. If any single image conveys China’s ambitions to reclaim its place as the “Middle Kingdom,” linked to the world by trade and cultural exchanges, the Xinhua map is it. Even the name of the project, the Silk Road, is inextricably linked to China’s past as a source of goods and information for the rest of the world.

The absence of the United States from the picture is, I think, noteworthy. If this unfolds, it will be easy for wide swaths of the world to marginalize us, and leave America behind.

Our financial elites have abused our relations with the world into little more than economic games (that have cost nations and investors lots of money, through fraud), and bribes in the form of World Bank, IMF, and other loans, which have done little more than enslave nations, and enrich oligarchs.

We have made very few enduring friends with our behavior (how many do you think will love us when the gravy stops coming?), and as the old saying goes, those chickens may soon be coming home to roost. We’ll see If China handles economic leadership any better than we have.