Accessibility Links

China is constructing a modern Silk Road trading route

Like postLikeLabel * DEFAULT * en-GB


The ancient Silk Road trading route is set to be revived thanks to the Belt and Road initiative, a $900 billion global-scale infrastructure project which aims to expand China’s reach across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
China's Belt and Road initiative will connect Europe, Africa and Asia across both land and sea
Belt and Road refers to two separate elements of the project; the land-based ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the seagoing ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’. The routes will cover more than 60 countries and regions from Asia to Europe via Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and the Middle East, accounting for some 30 per cent of global GDP and more than 35 per cent of the world’s merchandise trade.

By 2050, the Belt and Road region aims to contribute 80 per cent of global GDP growth, and advance three billion more people into the middle class.

The project comes at a time when significant stagnation in the flow of commerce and the rise of economic protectionism in many regions is causing threats to the economic prosperity of China.

By improving and increasing the global flow of capital, goods and services China’s leaders hope to maintain (and grow) their base of international customers that have made the country the biggest manufacturer of merchandise in the world.

The project itself describes the initiative, and the benefits it will bring, in the following terms:

“The initiative offers global businesses- from multinationals to small and medium sized enterprises- unparalleled opportunities to tap into new markets along the Belt and Road and gain deeper access to markets in the Chinese mainland, ASEAN, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe. For developing and emerging economies in these areas, investment and trade will accelerate development for the benefit of all.”

It is expected that the Belt and Road initiative will make a major contribution to the global infrastructure and construction industry as it will require the construction of new railways, highways, airports, telecommunications networks and facilities, oil and natural gas pipelines and ports. Once this infrastructure has been completed, Europe, Africa and Asia will be better connected than at any other time in history.

Open up a world of opportunity with Fircroft
To find out about the latest global engineering vacancies with Fircroft, simply register your CV with us today.
Add new comment
By commenting on this blog you're agreeing to our terms of use

Comments left should relate to the subject of the above blog. Unfortunately job applications cannot be accepted here.

For job enquiries and applications please use our job search and for technical or account queries please contact us.
China is constructing a modern Silk Road trading route - Time to read 2 min
Share this article
Like postLikeLabel * DEFAULT * en-GB


Back to Top

By clicking "Save" you consent to
receiving matching jobs based on the
job/page you are viewing by email from
Fircroft, as detailed in our privacy policy
Fircroft would like to keep you up to date with our current vacancies and latest company updates via email. Occasionally Fircrofts marketing may contain 3rd party or affiliate information, however we will not share your personal data with any 3rd parties without your consent. From time to time, we might contact you to get your views on the service you have received. To help you get the best out of Fircroft, we may personalise them based on your location and how you use
Fircroft would like to keep you up to date with the latest company updates and vacancies via SMS / Text messages
Your consent options above means that Fircroft cannot contact you about any new or alternative career vacancies. If you want Fircroft to only contact you about the role(s) you have applied for please continue, however if you would like to be considered for other positions please allow us to contact you by changing one or more of the above consent.