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1 One belt one road initiative How china has benefitted from the One Belt One Road initiative in terms of trade, security and relations Introduction China’s dream to be interlinked with the rest of the world has been in existence ever since the reign of Zhang Qian, who helped to establish the Silk Road, more than two thousand years ago. This was an initiative that aimed at creating a trade network linking China, Central Asia and the Arab world. With such an infrastructure, the mentioned regions would be interlinked, with faster moved of goods and services across borders. (Aph.gov.au, 2012) The conceptualization of the initiative came from China’s silk export business. The initiative continued to immensely serve the nation and its partners for years. The dream to link China with the rest of the world did not fade away with the Silk Road Initiative. In 2013, there came president Xi Jinxing. He came up with the idea of an equivalent project, one that would create a larger network, housing a greater deal of infrastructure including railways, roads, pipelines and utility grids. The new infrastructure was aimed at exploring new connections as well as the new markets that Central, West and South Asia had to offer. More than just a physical connection There was the need to connect China to the rest of the world. There was the need to provide a link that tapped right into Chana’s exports, and to do so, such an initiative had to be pioneered. Despite its essential purpose of connecting markets and countries, the One Belt One Road initiative was perceived to be more than just a physical connection. It was a platform that would be used to provide a global ground for economic corporations, policy drafting and
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2 One belt one road initiative implementation, economic and financial collaborations, not forgetting the fact that it would later on grow to become a platform that allowed for social and cultural diversity collaboration. An interlink of nations Based on the conventionalization of the initiative, China seems to be a stronger believer of the International Relationships theories. It believed in the fact that for there to be progress in the state, there was the need of self-help, which is a fundamental ingredient of realism, which falls under IR theories. It also believed in statism, which is an example of political realism. If nations were to be interlinked and connected together for the purposes of trade, then China as a state had to step up and act fast. Having mentioned the initiative, in relation to realism, it is important to note that the initiative was aimed at linking nations of the world. Nations that would become China’s partners in doing business. After the State Council Authorized the project in 2015, two components of the project were, be set rolling.
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