The Spirit of the Silk Road

(Foreign Affairs in the New Era)

Updated:2020-01-19 |

The Spirit of the Silk Road

The ancient Silk Road is a trade route. More than this, it is a road of friendship. Throughout the millennia, interactions along this route between the Chinese nation and other people from numerous cultural backgrounds have shaped the spirit of the Silk Road, which is embodied in peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning, and mutual benefit. This spirit is a valuable heritage of human civilization. It also informs one of the fundamental principles for international interactions today.

The Silk Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, is a continuation of such a spirit. It calls for interactions and exchanges between civilizations, respect for individual countries and the approaches to development that they choose, and promotion of peace through mutually beneficial cooperation and dialogue.