For one Chinese city, new 'Silk Road' leaves old problems unsolved

For one Chinese city, new 'Silk Road' leaves old problems unsolvedBy Sue-Lin Wong HUNCHUN, China (Reuters) – In August, 2014, planners in the northeastern Chinese city of Hunchun argued in state media that it should be included in the “One Belt, One Road” project, Beijing’s vision laid out the previous year of a new Silk Road across Asia to Europe. In 2015, the official Xinhua news agency ran stories about how Hunchun was accelerating its “OBOR” plans, and early in 2016, China’s cabinet released a list of Chinese cities included in “OBOR”: Hunchun was on the map. The challenge of defining exactly what OBOR means will come to the fore later this month, when heads of state and senior officials from around the world gather in Beijing for the first major summit dedicated to the project.



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