South Korea: “Silk Road Express”

(The Belt and Road Initiative)

Updated:2017-04-20 |

South Korea: “Silk Road Express”


In October 2013, the then South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed building a “Silk Road Express” to connect railways in South Korea, North Korea, Russia, China, Central Asia and Europe, and create an energy network of power grids and gas and oil pipelines in Eurasia. This is a core element of South Korea’s “Eurasia Initiative,” which intends to integrate rail, roads, ports and aviation into a unified system of logistics solutions.


The “Silk Road Express” project has, however, been put on the back burner due to the troubled relationship between the two neighbors on the Korean peninsula, and the difficulties in implementing the Eurasia Initiative. Meanwhile, the government and businesses of South Korea, a close neighbor of China, are showing growing interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.