外文标题：China wants to revive 'Southern Silk Road' with India
BEIJING: China is looking to revive the ancient "Southern Silk Road" with South Asia through the economic corridor linking Bangladesh, China, India, and Myanmar (BCIM), a topic that figured prominently during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's recent India visit.
As it opened its first South Asia Expo currently being held in Kunming, provincial capital of Yunnan, China wants it to be the "bridge head" with India and South Asia, Chinese officials said.
China is ready for the revival of the "Southern Silk Road" and plans are under discussion, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Yang Ye, a researcher with the Development Research Centre of Yunnan provincial government, as saying.
Chinese scholars say the ancient silk route, originating from China's Chengdu city wandered through Myanmar and then extended to India, Bangladesh and even the Middle East.
Besides the 16 existing international transport lines linking Yunnan and some Great Mekong Sub-regional countries, seven trunk roads originating from Yunnan extending to neighbouring nations and provinces have been promoted as high-grade highways, the report said.
These include China-Vietnam Highway, China-Laos-Thailand Highway, China-Myanmar Highway, and a domestic section of China-India Highway.
With joint efforts by China, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, a highway route starting from Yunnan to India by way of Myanmar have been approved by relevant departments of the four countries, Yang said.
Experts from the four countries launched a field inspection along the route in February 2012.
The first auto race along the 2,800-km route was successfully held from late February to early March this year.
The BCIM economic corridor figured prominently in Li's last month's talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The joint statement issued at the end of his visit said "encouraged by the successful BCIM Car Rally of February 2013 between Kolkata and Kunming, the two sides agreed to consult the other parties with a view to establishing a Joint Study Group on strengthening connectivity in the BCIM region for closer economic, trade, and people-to-people linkages and to initiating the development of a BCIM Economic Corridor".
Though the route of the new "Southern Silk Road" has yet to be determined, the success of the race across the four countries indicated that it is possible to build a transport passage along the route, Yang said.
The route is expected to serve as an inland bridge linking South Asian countries and central, eastern coastal areas of China, so as to promote the development of western regions of China and boost the common prosperity of the nations along the route, he said.
An Indian delegation of 130 businessmen took part in the Expo.
china is the only smart and competitive country in south east asia ,all other are monkeys.
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SharmaTheMAN (USA) replies to ajaypoori
Would like to do business with China, but first boarders has to be SETTLED. No, big pipe dreams before that.
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Ashok Prabhu (Margao,Goa.)
This is a very good move by Premier Li Kequiang provided China does not keep an eye on neighbors' Territories,and uses the route for trade and Cultural exchange only.
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KC and Jojo (USA) replies to Ashok Prabhu
Lol. What does their past history tell you? They are going to get a highway to move their tanks with great convenience to your doorstep.
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PatrioticIndian K (India)
I think , India has to work towards getting the infrastructure projects ASAP. India has to work faster..!! Don't show the Buaracraucy in these matters..!!
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The Border dispute must be settle with China and Pakistan it is in the Interest of India, Pakistan, and China., I think the Chinese are beginning to realize this. prem
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CHINA IS NEW EAST INDIA COMPANY
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KC and Jojo (USA) replies to Desi
China is a copy cat.
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China first needs to shun BULLYING and given a silken touch to its diplomatic relations with its neighbors.
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If India is so worried about Chinese why don't the consumers stop buying Chinese products?
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sushil (presently US)
India should respond positively without compromising her defense preprations vis a vis China.Stronger & politically stable India would be more acceptable to all our eastern neighbours.
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1. All of us have to understand that although China is an enemy nation that supplies Pakistan weapons and nuclear tech, Pakistan's biggest support in dollar terms comes from the Anglo-Americans, the mentors and closest allies of Pakistan. 2. This Chinese proposal is nothing unusual. India is already trading heavily with China. India needs more trade for expansion of its GDP, therefore has no choice but to open upto Chinese proposal for reviving the silk route.
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Marco Hsiao (Asia)
East border of India should become a trade spotlight between India and China. It will benefit for both India and China. Mainland China will not use east front highway as military purpose. If there is war (the possibility is very little), she could occupy New Delhi from north frontier of India.
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KC and Jojo (USA) replies to Marco Hsiao
Oh boy did you hear that? China will not use it as a military highway. Wow, just like they won't invade Tibet. Or Hindi Chini bhai bhai.
sangos (A Stunner)
Good to sell guns and drugs to India....dog eaters
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Dr. Ramiah Krishnamurthy (Paris, France)
If this happens then India and China will rule the world. The next 500 years would be Asian cultural dominance in the world. Its a pity that China did not invite an Indian astronaunt to take part in the announced Chinese Space Misson. This would have strengthened political and economic ties further between the both countries. India and China cannot ignore each other. They are too important countries in the world to do that. Jai Hnd Jai China
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Drs Sears Appalswamy (Breda, Netherlands)
India and China can do more to be friends e.g. exchanges of students and having a yearly meeting of the 2 cabinets and also scholarly exchanges. China can build a Hindu Mandir and Indian Cultural Centre in Beijing as a gift to the Indian community living there. This getsure will also encourage Pakistan to make peace wth India.
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