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Mutual trust foundation of new Silk Road

2015-04-03 17:37:50       source:Global Times

By Yang Jiechi

April 3, 2015

The Silk Road has been known for its overland and maritime routes since ancient times. The two routes complemented each other, adding a brilliant chapter to the annals of human civilization.

The ancient maritime Silk Road was opened and operated by the people of Asia, Europe and Africa. For hundreds of years, a large number of ports thrived along the coastlines on the West Pacific, the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. Calling on these ports were not only ships carrying silk, but also those loaded with porcelain, ironware, spices, precious stones and books. Crew and passengers included Chinese, Europeans, people from Southeast and South Asia, Arabs and Africans, who came to each other's aid readily as travellers in the same boat.

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