The book concludes with three thematic discussions. The first analyses the Silk Roads as a form of geocultural power, one that provides China with a unique platform for exercising its geocultural advantage. This is followed by a broader discussion of the concept of smoothing and the ways this occurs through Belt and Road heritage diplomacy. Part three reflects on the unfolding futures of Silk Road histories and the entanglements of trade, diplomacy, geopolitics, and culture. In both Belt and Road and the Silk Roads we see two spatial arcs, each defined by ambiguities and possibility, frontiers and creativity; factors that will determine where, when, and in what form the Silk Roads are celebrated and commemorated in the future.
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