One Village, Two Countries, No Border | The New Silk Road | CNA Insider
At the China-Myanmar border, there is village that is half-Chinese and half-Myanmar. The side on Chinese territory is called Yinjing, and the side on the Myanmar territory is called Mangxiu. Villagers in the two countries speak the same language and share the same customs.
As part of its Belt and Road Initiative, China is building cross-border economic zones like this with Myanmar, Vietnam, Russia and works are also underway for one with North Korea. What is life like for foreign workers and residents living in these special zones?
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It was a legendary trading route that for thousands of years connected Europe with Asia, and ancient Rome with Ancient China. Known as the Silk Road, it stretched through some of the most rugged terrain in the world 2000 years ago.
Now modern China is building a new Silk Road. The New Silk Road, also known as the One Belt One Road plan, is a hugely ambitious initiative launched by Presdent Xi Jinping in 2013. It will link up over 65 countries and 4.4 billion people. That is about 60 per cent of the world’s population.
Channel NewsAsia’s documentary team has travelled across the globe to 7 regions to investigate what the Silk Road means for individuals, companies and countries. The epic journey takes viewers from the future ports of China to naval bases in the Philippines, to safaris in Africa, wushu schools in Iran and ghettos in Greece.
The programme received an Award for Best Documentary (International Affairs) at the New York Festivals.