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China to reveal detailed "Belt and Road" roadmap
Last Updated: 2015-03-16 12:20 | Xinhua
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China will release the implementation plan for the Belt and Road initiatives when the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia opens at the end of the month in south China.

Sources told Xinhua that the implementation plan will include a detailed list of major infrastructure projects concerning railways, roads, energy, information technology and industrial parks to be started in the coming years.

The number of these major infrastructure projects could reach hundreds and will spread Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and China's other neighboring countries, said the sources.

China's ambitious trans-Eurasia and across-ocean trade strategy, the Belt and Road initiatives, were proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013 to improve cooperation with countries across Asia, Europe and Africa.

Xinjiang, located in the center of Asia, is the gateway to the Silk Road, and it will play an integral role in China-Europe exchanges.

The 2015 Boao Forum for Asia, from March 26 to 29 in the island province of Hainan, carries the theme "Asia's New Future: Toward a Community of Common Destiny" this year.

Chronology of China's Belt and Road initiatives

China is likely to unveil a general plan soon for the Belt and Road initiatives, the country's ambitious trans-Eurasia and across-ocean economic strategy, Xinhua has learned.

Following the release of the general plan, provincial-level regions, including Fujian and Xinjiang, which have pinned big hopes on the initiatives, are expected to roll out their own plans.

The Silk Road Economic Belt, the modern version of the historic trade route, will see an economic land belt established along the ancient route that stretches northwest from China's coastal areas through Central Asia, the Middle East and on to Europe. A maritime route, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, will stretch from south China to Southeast Asia, and even to Africa.

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