The Belt and Road
China’s Belt & Road Initiative is probably the largest investment project in history. China describes The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a “brand of cooperation”, characterised by peace, openness, inclusiveness and shared development. As of 2018, The BRI included agreements with 122 countries.
The Belt and Road Initiative is inspired by the ancient Silk Road trade routes. These included the “Maritime Silk Road”, which were shipping routes to Africa and Southeast Asia. They also included the overland routes, which stretched through northwest China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa.
The Silk Road regions of China and Central Asia have been highways of trade, commerce and cultural exchange since the Silk Road first began, over twenty centuries ago. As well as tea, spices and silk, Silk Road traders brought new technologies and religious faith with them. Buddhism, Islam and Christianity all entered the region along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. This region is now home to over 10 different Muslim people groups, each with their own language, culture and traditions. You can learn more about Muslims in East Asia here.
We long to see the people of the ancient Silk Road regions blessed by the abundant love of God.