Bridging Time and Space: China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Echoes of Silk Road Migrations

  • Rudra Sinsinwar
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  • Rudra Sinsinwar

    Student at National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India

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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), initiated in 2013, is currently unfolding its influence on Chinese migrations, prompting this essay to unravel its ongoing implications. This essay, by juxtaposing historical analogies with current trends and potential trajectories, draws connections between historical migrations along the Silk Road and the contemporary BRI led by China. It examines the impact of past migrations, as illustrated in works such as "The Journey of Xuanzang" and "The Travels of Marco Polo," highlighting the multifaceted exchange of goods, ideas, and cultures across expansive territories. Additionally, the essay explores the initiative's focus on attracting foreign talents, considering recent developments in national policies and legislation aimed at this objective. Further, the essay delves into the historical disruption of the Silk Road during the Ming dynasty, attributing its demise to the thriving sea trade route and climate change-induced events in the Dunhuang area. This serves as a cautionary reflection for China to proactively consider and address similar environmental and economic factors. Acknowledging prevalent criticisms and skepticism surrounding the BRI, the paper asserts that the initiative's infrastructure investments possess the potential to significantly enhance regional as well as global connectivity. This, in turn, is posited as a catalyst for fostering economic development while addressing issues of isolation, poverty, and marginalization. This essay endeavors to offer a holistic understanding of the BRI as a contemporary manifestation of migration serving as the 'motor of history’.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 2323 - 2331


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