CGTN presents “The Call of the Silk Road”, highlighting a decade of achievements under the Belt and Road Initiative

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative. Since mid-September, CGTN has been releasing a succession of episodes in the 15-part documentary “The Call of the Silk Road”.

In highlighting many of the challenges typically facing the world today, the documentary demonstrates how collaborative efforts under the Initiative are yielding positive outcomes.

From the streets of Jakarta to the River Nile and beyond, the film crew traveled across 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Featuring people from many different countries and backgrounds, the series explores their work, their life, and their dreams and aspirations.

CGTN presents “The Call of the Silk Road”, highlighting a decade of achievements under the Belt and Road Initiative

Through a combination of infrastructure and technology, Chinese innovations have not only transformed how Chinese people live, but also inspired change in other countries. “The Call of the Silk Road” explores some of the latest developments in different parts of the world – from a digital highway underpinning international e-commerce, to mega projects like Africa’s tallest building and Egypt’s New Administrative Capital. 

In Indonesia, under the Belt and Road Initiative, the first high-speed railway in Southeast Asia has been inaugurated. Its expanding infrastructure and huge young population, combined with good bilateral relations, are making Indonesia a favorite destination for Chinese talent, internet giants and venture capital. From online ride-hailing and delivery to new retail, Indonesia is becoming a regional leader in the digital revolution.

More and more business models that have proved successful in China are being seen around the world.

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CGTN presents “The Call of the Silk Road”, highlighting a decade of achievements under the Belt and Road Initiative

Warming hearts

“The Call of the Silk Road” also investigates the stories of young people in Tanzania, Greece, Iran, Senegal and other countries, discovering how they have found hope for a brighter future through a school, a sport and other channels.

On the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania, doctors from China are conducting cataract operations. A mother of three can now see her children and husband clearly after years of frustration.

The Port of Piraeus in Greece was facing a crisis just over a decade ago. In 2010, Chinese shipping firm COSCO became involved in the port’s operation, injecting it with fresh vitality. Michalis, a dockworker, even received sponsorship from the company to support his daughter’s dream of winning a world kickboxing championship for Greece. 

Sharing the future

In the universe there is only one Earth, the shared home of humanity.

In the past ten years, the BRI has served not simply as some random road or economic belt, but as an initiative to achieve common progress for humanity.

In 1992, Cambodia’s world-famous Angkor Wat was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Chinese professionals, specializing in fields ranging from archaeology, history and ancient architecture to chemical conservation and scientific preservation, have contributed to the restoration effort. They have also inspired many young Cambodians to preserve and pass on their heritage.

“The Call of the Silk Road” features stunning 4K aerial photography and a workflow supported by AI technology. CGTN is releasing it in five languages – English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French.

The final part, “the Call of the Silk Road: the First Decade” premieres globally on October 13. The full series and accompanying short videos will also be available on CGTN’s official website, app and social media platforms.

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