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Since its introduction by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the "one belt, one road" initiative – an ambitious plan to revitalize the ancient Silk Road overland and maritime trade routes linking East and West – has attracted considerable attention. And for good reason: The project, which involves more than 60 countries and quite a few international organizations, implies unprecedented opportunities – and challenges. The original Silk Road, established more than 2,000 years ago, was a critical network of trade routes that promoted economic, political and cultural exchange among Asia, Africa, and Europe. China has already laid the groundwork for these relationships, strengthening economic cooperation and trade with countries along the "belt and road".Like any cross-border initiative, the "one belt, one road" initiative will require wise diplomacy to manage relationships with diverse countries and careful planning to scale up effectively.First and foremost, there can be no corruption, which would not only hurt the "one belt, one road" initiative, but would also undermine China's ability to pursue other cross-border initiatives in the future.China, as the leading promoter of the "one belt, one road" initiative, must take steps to ensure that businesses act responsibly.
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