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2016 SCIP China Summit

The Advent of the New Silk Road

3/30/2016 to 3/31/2016
When: March 30-31, 2016
Where: Mercure Shanghai Royalton
789 Wuyi Rd
Shanghai
China
Contact: Michelle Winter
(703) 739-0696 x115


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The Advent of the New Silk Road 

What is the Silk Road?

From its beginnings in the second century BC, to its slow demise in the thirteenth century, the Silk Road served as the only artery that linked the otherwise isolated worlds of East and West. Initially used as a way to deter hostile raids from barbarians, the Silk Road also provided a way for the trade of silk, which was highly valued in cities as far away as Rome. The terrain on which the Silk Road was established was difficult and dangerous to navigate. Exposed to the elements of the Takamaken Dessert, Imperial troops from as early as the Han Dynasty, were sent to secure the route, build watchtowers and man newly constructed garrisons along the length of the route Theses structures were vital in providing both stability and safety of the trade route and shelter that protected the those that made their way through the dessert. 

 

Trade between the East and West grew by leaps and bounds once the route’s stability and security were established. In addition to the goods that were being moved across the Silk Road, cultural and religious ideas were brought to China and helped to establish social as well as economic growth within the country.

 
The Silk Road was a thriving and viable trade route until approximately the thirteenth century, as the practicality and ease of water routes soon made land travel obsolete.

In the present day, with the opening up of China and the rest of Central Asia, the Silk Road has been brought back to life which has also allowed the regions that it passes through to thrive once again. A rail line now runs through China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Europe and Russia and this is sometimes referred to as the "New Silk Road . 
 

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From its beginnings in the second century BC, to its slow demise in the thirteenth century,  the Silk Road served as the only artery that linked the otherwise isolated worlds of East and West. Initially used as a way to deter hostile raids from barbarians, the Silk Road also provided a way for the trade of silk, which was highly valued in cities as far away as Rome.   The terrain on which the Silk Road was established was difficult and dangerous to navigate.  Exposed to the elements of the Takamaken Dessert, Imperial troops from as early as the Han Dynasty, were sent to secure the route, build watchtowers and man newly constructed garrisons along the length of the route  Theses structures were  vital in providing both stability and safety of the trade route and  shelter that protected the those that made their way through the dessert. 

Trade between the East and West grew by leaps and bounds once the route’s stability and security were established. In addition to the goods that were being moved across the Silk Road, cultural and religious ideas were brought to China  and helped to establish social as well as economic growth within the country.,   

The Silk Road was a thriving and viable trade route until approximately the thirteenth century, as the practicality and ease of water routes soon made land travel obsolete. 

 

In the present day, with the opening up of China and the rest of Central Asia, the Silk Road has been brought back to life which has also allowed the regions that it passes through to thrive once again. A rail line now runs through China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Europe and Russia and this  is sometimes referred to as the "New Silk Road .

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