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The New Silk Road is a mammoth project intended to connect China with the West. It's a gigantic infrastructure project that Beijing says will benefit everyone. But this two-part documentary shows China’s predominant self-interest and geopolitical ambitions.

The old Silk Road is a legend, whereas the New Silk Road is a real megaproject. China wants to reconnect the world though a network of roads, railways, ports and airports between Asia and Europe. A team of reporters travels by sea and land along the New Silk Road and shows how China, with the largest investment program in history, is expanding its influence worldwide. Their journey begins in Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta. This is where China's legendary rise to an economic superpower began 40 years ago. The private market economy experiment unleashed forces that allowed Shenzhen to grow into a mega-metropolis.
The team takes a container ship towards Southeast Asia. Its first stop is the port city of Sihanoukville in Cambodia. A joke is making the rounds there these days: you can now travel to China without a passport and without leaving your own country. Sihanoukville is now almost part of China itself! The Chinese have financed practically everything built here in the recent past: the extension of the port, new roads, bridges and factories. Many Cambodians are unhappy and feel like losers in the boom. Rising prices and rents are making the poor even poorer. But for land and house owners, on the other hand, it’s a bonanza.
In Myanmar, resistance is already growing. Locals in Kachin have successfully blocked a new dam project, asking how the Chinese could produce energy for their own country whilst leaving the locals themselves without electricity? The Myanmar government pulled the emergency brake and the huge Chinese dam project did not get beyond the first concrete piers in the river.
The Karakorum Highway from Kashgar in China across the Roof of the World to Islamabad in Pakistan is one of the most difficult and dangerous roads in this breathtaking mountain world. Once the road is finished, it often disintegrates again, and rock falls and landslides block the highway as if the Karakorum Mountains are trying to deny China strategic access to the Arabian Sea. The first part of the report ends in Islamabad.

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Comments 3041 Comments

Parikshit Bhujbal
" The country ( i.e. China) wants free exchange of goods and capital but not of people and ideas " . So true, that is why I love DW docs. :)
Protector of the Republic
Many, many of the isues highlighted in this documentary are the same issues we are facing with forced (by Merkel and the German led EU) immigration. How hypocritical to criticize China for this when Germany is doing the same in Europe. You are destroying our way of life Germany, and falsely cry when others do it as well.
Muhammad Masood Ahmad
The current monetary system must be demolished to get poor countries out of debt and let China to spent money o helping countries with open heart to surrender most of its financial benefits.
Dastan
How China works -
China decides project.
China give credit for projects.
China send companies for it.
China sends material for it.
China send workers to build it.

What happens to country-
Project is completed.
A huge debt to be paid.
No job to people.
No jobs from ancillary industries.
No work for companies.
Raw material gone in nearly no price.
This is not development.
Dastan
What China is doing is "debt trap".
ShriLanka & porkistan are good example.
ShriLanka surrendered her sovereignty (land) to China in form of Hambantota port as she was not able to pay debts.
Khamomil
when the Chinese-controlled port of Karachi is linked to the Karakoram highway, then the Chinese truckers will have full loads to transport to China.
G6 LG
Bias
gs032009
Conquest? __ Attempted conquest.
Empire? [_|_]empire.
Mary Smith
China built a city that no one lives in.
Mary Smith
Chinese are building a port for Israel, and refuse to hire Israelis to work on the project.
Mary Smith
Maybe China is the Great Babylon who will fall.
surender singh
Bogs
😏
H Paul
Without infrastructure poor countries remain in a Poverty Trap of stagnation.
Infrastructure is the essential platform for countries to grow and modernize.
Shahzad Ali
Maybe China can overcome any country but except Pakistan. That's why they call us best friends but they don't implement their workers here permanently or try to influence or politics. They just want a road that pass through our country and we don't have any problem with it and in my life i never seen a Chinese person here in Pakistan. They know the true potential of Pakistani people that's why they don't give a damn about indians😂,and on the top of that stupid indians believe that china will capture Pakistan😂but indians are forgetting that those were our Pakistani ancestors who ruled over india for 800 years.
Karthik Ravalcol
chinese are enjoying with pak womens coz due to lack of men in pakisthan and china started production of population with pakisthani womens
Steven Valvana
The world better wake up. Their comming, and they aint hardly bullshitting. However, When the shit hits the fan that silk road will be swallowed up by the people of the countries the road is built on.
Bob
Colonialism.
Michael Weston
Hell on Earth, Xi Whiz!
Somali Abbi
Whether we liked it or not China is unstoppable.
Shuo-Fu Chen
The commentaries of this documentary were overly negative and overly anti-China. Some Chinese interviewees' positive sentiments were distorted by the translator/commentator. The Ancient Silk Road is the model of the New Silk Road, which is for commerce and cultural exchange. Europeans are used to conquer other peoples and destroy other cultures, e.g. all ancient African, all ancient Latin American, and most ancient Middle-Eastern cultures were destroyed permanently by Europeans. It is not surprising that they look at the New Silk Road through conqueror’s lens. The robbery or stealing of Chinese cultural treasures, currently in many European museums, in late 18th and early 19th centuries by Europeans were disproportional under-covered in this documentary. On the other hand, they look at the New Silk Road through robber’s lens. Despite having such historical negative impact of the ancient Silk Road to China, it is quite courageous in Chinese part to modernize the ancient Silk Road and to bring opportunities to peoples who will otherwise remain incapable of accessing modern quality of life.
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Jon Snow of Channel 4 News argues it is time for the US to lead a change in the relationship of it and the UK with Iran, in the Lord Garden Memorial Lecture at Chatham House on 21 June 2012.

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