China, as one of the four ancient civilizations, has a long history. Meanwhile, China plays an important role in the developing countries, for its economy develops at a rapid speed. When it comes to Chinese economic and trade development, the famous Silk Road including the Maritime Silk road plays an essential part in the world. After the First Emperor of Qin unified China, businessmen began to realize the benefits of the Southern China through the cargo transaction from the ports. With the continuous development of domestic shipbuilding and marine technology, coastal trade road gradually became a major channel of foreign relations. As a result, Guangdong became the origin of the Maritime Silk Road.
Because of the inconvenience of ancient transportation, businessmen had great difficulty in importing and exporting goods. This problem was not solved until the formation of the Maritime Silk Road between China and North Korea, Japan and other countries located in South Asia. Since then, China’s goods such as silk, tea, porcelain, books and other traditional goods have been exported to other countries while products like glass, precious stones and agate, etc, have been imported from the West.
The 13th China-ASEAN Expo “to build the 21st century Maritime Silk Road” was held in Nanning, Guangxi a few days ago. Through this exposition, the world’s attention focuses on the Chinese Maritime Silk Road once again. The suggestion of “One Belt One Road” has made Asian countries get the full support of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Why are Asian countries so interested in inheriting the cultural heritage of the Maritime Silk Road?
With the history of 2,000 years, the Maritime Silk Road has witnessed more than half of the history of human activities and served as an important carrier of the exchange with the Western culture and economy. To be more specific, the Maritime Silk Road has spread our national craft and Confucianism, Taoism, which has left a deep impression on different countries, and even has stimulated “China fever”. Furthermore, this road has promoted the common development of all related countries. The exchange of different cultures has not only promoted the development of the world but also broadened human’s horizon. In short, the Maritime Silk Road has become a family member of “World Intangible Culture Heritage”.
Reviewing the past and looking forward to the future, our president Xi Jinping has proposed that we should build up the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road together which can enhance the relationships among the countries along the route.
Since the concept of “One Belt One Road” was put forward, China has found the direction of realizing the Chinese dream. With the spread of Maritime Silk Road culture, the Chinese traditional culture has been fully inherited. Nowadays, China has become one of the most influential developing countries. Drawing the lesson from the history, we are supposed to learn how to compete and cooperate with other countries to promote the development of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Let’s begin a new voyage of realizing our Chinese dream, inherit the history and create a brilliant future!
(By Xu Yinglin from Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Trade)