New Silk Road Initiative

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The New Silk Road was an initiative of the United States for Central Asia and Afghanistan, which aimed to integrate the region and boost its potential as a transit area between Europe and East Asia.[1] The initiative was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 in a speech in Chennai.[2] The New Silk Road initiative would have linked Central and South Asia in four key areas: Regional Energy Markets, Trade and Transport, Customs and Border Operations, Businesses and People-to-People.[3] However, the initiative never got off the ground.[2] The term "New Silk Road" is now commonly used by journalists to refer to China's Belt and Road Initiative.[4][5][6][7][8]

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  2. ^ a b "US, India To Revive New Silk Road Seen As Counter To China's Belt And Road Project". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ "U.S. Support for the New Silk Road". Archived from the original on 2018-11-19.
  4. ^ Tiezzi, Shannon (9 May 2014). "China's 'New Silk Road' Vision Revealed". The Diplomat.
  5. ^ Monteleone, David (8 January 2018). "A New Silk Road". The New Yorker.
  6. ^ Simpfendorfer, Ben (2009). The New Silk Road: How a Rising Arab World is Turning Away from the West and Rediscovering China. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230580268.
  7. ^ Kuhn, Anthony (16 May 2017). "For China's 'New Silk Road,' Ambitious Goals And More Than A Few Challenges". NPR.
  8. ^ "The new Silk Road". The Economist. 10 September 2015.