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Geocultural PowerChina's Quest to Revive the Silk Roads for the Twenty-First Century$
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Tim Winter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226658216

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226658490.001.0001

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A Politics of Routes

A Politics of Routes

(p.81) Three A Politics of Routes
Geocultural Power

Tim Winter

University of Chicago Press

The chapter explores instances where the historical Silk Roads have been appropriated by governments and politicians. In dissecting the language of revival, it identifies the metaphors and ideas—harmony, friendship, trust, cooperation, and spirit—a combination of which have been adopted in recent times to nurture international relationships. It is argued that Belt and Road greatly extends themes advanced by Beijing since the 1990s, and that the Silk Roads have rapidly taken hold in the political discourses of leaders and diplomats across Asia and beyond as they seek to link up with emergent futures.

Keywords:   Zheng He, soft power, diplomacy

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