Silk road is a Chinese word for a place, or more precisely a way of life.
It’s not an invented concept but rather a way for China to connect different regions and cultures and to communicate with them through silk, or rather with the silk.
The silk road is the gateway to the country’s economy, and the Silk Road Economic Belt project, an ambitious programme to build roads to the world’s fastest-growing economies.
And, in this way, the Silk Route connects the world to China, connecting countries such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam and even Pakistan.
This Silk Road is in its sixth year and, according to the UN, is now “the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the world”.
But despite the project’s grand vision, the silk road has faced its share of controversy.
In the past, the roads have faced criticism over their use of human labour.
Critics say the workers were exploited and abused, and that the country used their labour to enrich the owners of the mines and other industries.
Critics have also pointed to the use of Chinese workers in the construction of the Silk Way.
Now, however, there’s hope for the project: the country is launching a project to replace them.
The government is aiming to build a network of 10,000km (6,600 miles) of road in six countries, covering the southern part of China, the Tibetan plateau, the Gobi Desert and parts of the Indian subcontinent.
The network will include roads from the western provinces of Qinghai and Liaoning to Xinjiang, Xinjiang’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Mongolia.
The Silk Road project is being undertaken by China’s state-owned railways, which are in a position to buy and sell the roads and the construction companies are in the driver’s seat, overseeing the project.
“We are committed to making the Silk Roads a truly global development initiative,” said Wu Jing, chief executive of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), in a statement on Tuesday.
“By creating a comprehensive global system of international railways, we will be able to connect countries at unprecedented speed, improve their living conditions, provide them with more effective infrastructure and promote Chinese-Chinese relations.”
CRCC is one of the world\’s largest railway companies, and has the right to buy the roads in any country.
In 2015, the company purchased the land for the Silk Path in the Chinese state of Henan, a project that saw the construction begin and was completed in 2018.
CRCC owns a number of roads across China, from the Yellow Sea to the Yellow River.
Wu Jing has called the Chinese project “the first stage in the China-Africa-Asia Silk Road”, referring to the proposed railway route linking the continent to Africa.
However, critics say that the roads are not in fact part of the plan.
“The Chinese are not really building this road,” said a prominent Chinese commentator, Wu Jing.
“They are just building a road.”
The project is also being opposed by human rights activists and others.
A recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that, although the Chinese authorities have acknowledged that the Silk Trail is a key part of their plan to create a Silk Road-like network, they are using workers illegally and have used the workers in unsafe conditions.
China has repeatedly denied the charges, and in recent months, the Chinese government has launched a campaign against critics, claiming that the human rights abuses and the exploitation of workers are “not just the product of China’s Communist Party but are the products of Western imperialism”.
The US has accused the Chinese of “tampering with facts” in its report, but the project has been welcomed by China.
The plan was also praised by former US President Barack Obama, who said that the project “marks a new beginning for China’s global Silk Road” and that it will help “ensure the global economy grows and our countries can prosper”.
“Today marks the beginning of the China Silk Road,” Xi Jinping said on Tuesday in a televised address.
“Today, the world is witnessing the creation of a new Silk Road.”