Chinese Silk Road
The initiative could be the most significant coordinated development undertaking in history. But success is far from certain.
SINGAPORE -- It turns out that what most defines the emerging world is not fragmentation of countries but integration within regions. Major world regions are forging dense infrastructural connectivity and reorienting their relations around supply chains rather than borders. The same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together in much more concrete ways than today's political maps suggest.
Looking at the present day through the lens of the recent past provides food for thought, if not grounds for pessimism. Hope for what tomorrow will bring has evaporated in many places in the West. But it's still very much alive and well in the East, where the web of routes once known as the Silk Roads are now rising again.