China: Beijing to launch Silk Road Cities program to expand Silk Road cities
Posted On July 26, 2021
Beijing, China – The China Silk Road Urban Development and Urban Transport Promotion Commission announced on Wednesday it will launch a pilot program to establish a network of urban cities.
The network will be the first of its kind in the world.
It will connect some of the largest cities in the country to other cities on the Silk Road.
The pilot program will launch next year and will be followed by a national initiative to establish cities on other roads, Xinhua reported.
China’s Silk Road is a strategic infrastructure project linking countries along the western and eastern borders of Asia.
Its goal is to link the regions of the world through roads, railways and pipelines.
The program will be called the ‘Golden Silk Road’, and will have three phases.
First, the Silk Roads cities will be established along the Western and Eastern borders of the country, and will link the provinces of China with the rest of the nation.
Second, the cities will expand to connect more provinces, which will also connect other regions, such as the South China Sea, the Pacific Ocean and North America.
Third, China will build cities on its other roads in the region.
The first phase of the program, in 2021, will see more than 10 million cities established.
China is expected to reach its goal of 500 million cities in 2025.
The cities will aim to provide jobs, healthcare and education to residents.
It is also hoped to provide economic benefits to the country.
The cities will also improve transport infrastructure.
The Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Shenyang cities will form the first three.
The plan is expected see more cities established in 2021 and the rest in 2022.