China's Trillion Dollar Gamble: The New Silk Road

03/06/201619 Comments

China's "One Belt, One Road" plan is to build a vast transportation infrastructure connecting the "middle kingdom" to destinations all throughout Central and South Asia, Eurasia, and even Europe. The plan is as ambitious as it is comprehensive; consisting of a "Silk Road Economic Belt" and a "21st-Century Maritime Silk Road," the aim is to link China to 65 countries with a combined population of 4.4 billion people—more than half the population of the planet.

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  1. bakedinbend says:

    Good luck with the move! I had to move four times last year finally settling in an apartment smaller than the one you are vacating. Even when you are making an upgrade moving is one of the most stressful things in life.

    Great piece on China’s financing the development of foreign projects. I wonder where they got the idea from? Maybe it won’t matter if their economy implodes if they can set up a web of debt and dependency like we have in the U.S. After all the dollar was supposed to crash a long time ago. People keep buying U.S. bonds for some reason, and the FED just keeps pumping out more money.

  2. Mohawk Man says:

    Congratulations, James and family on the new little one!!!! We’re with you in spirit on the big move. (my back already hurts..sympathy by proxy I believe is the technical phrase. I never refuse tips for fake moving help either. Just being polite.

    Be well, enjoy your new place.

  3. bob_fergus says:

    Congratulations Corbett family, Don’t worry James, once you’ve moved in you’ll wonder how you ever got along without the space!
    Good luck m8, keep up the gr8 work. 😉

  4. derfracollins says:

    Congratulations James and family on pending addition,amazed you found time,keep up the great work.

  5. meighenrussell says:

    Wishing you and your growing family all the best, James!

    Meighen

  6. T.T. says:

    Congratulations James! And best of luck with the move.

  7. anacardo01 says:

    Congrats on the addition. Long live the House of Corbett.

  8. OneOhOne says:

    Warmest congratulations on the brand new little human hominid you’re about to bring to our planet, James!

  9. paypal4 says:

    Congrats James and family!
    Regarding the article: I think I’ve seen this film before… the German empire’s attempt to build the Bagdad to Berlin rail line followed by the British empire’s royal cock block (establishing Kuwait as a British protectorate) and then World War I.

  10. candideschmyles says:

    So many videos so many podcasts and such a well behaved kid!! Hope the new one is too. Congratulations!! And remember there is always gaffer tape.
    https://m.facebook.com/Codeblackcomedy/photos/a.360566831313.164123.237785001313/10153283131846314/?type=3

  11. Oscar says:

    James and family, congratulations on the new baby!!!

  12. Steebs says:

    Keep the kids coming James. Do your part to prevent Idiocracy from being more than just a movie.

  13. s.jamieson says:

    Take it easy, James – those new digs and the new family member are going to take some adjusting-to. I haven’t moved since ’89, but I still don’t miss moving. It is a challenge.

  14. VoltaicDude says:

    Very nice developments regarding the move and your expectancy (you look great for seven months! – wouldn’t have been able to tell if you hadn’t mentioned it).

    Congratulations and thanks for this video – nice to see Japan up close, makes the virtual more real.

    Moves can be a bit hectic and trying, but wish you continued happiness and success with all these changes and your growing family!

    Regarding the article, it is sad to see how much both invasion by and emulation of the West has devastated China’s path over the centuries.

    The West’s strong hand based on technological advantage, militarism and banksterism has proved unstoppable so far, but then so were the Mongols for the longest time.

  15. shiranaihito says:

    Do you really sleep on the floor? 🙂

    I don’t think I could do it!

  16. Jeff says:

    Many congratulations, James, on the move and especially for the family news!

  17. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Monday April 10, 2017 REUTERS
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-china-train-idUSKBN17C0PK?il=0
    EXCERPT
    The first freight train to run from Britain to China departed on Monday, carrying goods like vitamins, baby products and pharmaceuticals as Britain seeks to burnish its global trading credentials for when it leaves the European Union.

    The 7,500-mile (12,000 km) journey from eastern England to eastern China will take three weeks, around half the time needed for the equivalent journey by boat. The first freight train from China arrived in Britain in January.

  18. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Nov 15, 2017 – ZeroHedge – OilPrice.com
    China’s Mysterious Arctic Silk Road
    https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/Chinas-Mysterious-Arctic-Silk-Road.html
    EXCERPT
    Recently, Russia and China begun a fruitful discussion on the exploitation of the Arctic routes. The July 2017 meeting between Xi Jinping and Medvedev confirmed Moscow and Beijing’s intention is to jointly develop the Chinese maritime Silk Road though the Arctic, serving to diversify trade routes and involving neighbouring states in port projects and scientific research. Beijing has every intention in the future of moving its goods through the Arctic from China to Europe, thereby reducing the distances involved by up to 20-30 percent, saving time, fuel and human resources in the process. Considering that 90 percent of Chinese goods are transported by sea, even a small change would generate savings and bigger profits. In the face of such an irresistible opportunity, China is not wasting any time.

  19. alaska says:

    Anyone who lives in the arctic understands how poor the roads are there. Permafrost constantly heaves and it seems like as soon as one stretch of road is paved it needs to be repaved. All of this would be even worse of a road filled with cargo trucks. Additionally, much of the road will be going through hostile Islamic territory. What is a hostile nation sponsors some local tribal militia to start shooting at vehicles or plant IEDs along the route?

    There are so many flaws with this massive road to Germany idea that it really boggles my mind that more commentators in the alternative media have not pointed them out to play Devil’s Advocate.

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