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Spending millions on a thing that cannot be moved, no matter what happens, has to be the ultimate statement of confidence in the future. So when it comes to the built environment, confidence is absolutely critical. In fact, without it, we’d all be living in tents.
One project that clearly projects an enormous amount confidence is China’s grand plan to re-draw its trade links with Eurasia, via a gigantic network of complementary rail, maritime and road links, widely referred to as One Belt, One Road.
If successful, it will completely change the geopolitical world map, allowing China to increasingly orient itself economically toward Eurasia, thus decreasing its reliance on the contested South China Sea as a trade route. And even if it’s only half-successful, it represents a gigantic undertaking in the world of construction and infrastructure. So this issue, we’re taking an in-depth look at One Belt, One Road, and assessing precisely what it means for China, the Asian and European continents, and for those working in the built environment sector.
Editor of Modus
An experienced and award-winning magazine editor, Oliver has worked in the sectors of property, insurance, automotive and technology. At Sunday Publishing, he has edited titles for a variety of high-profile clients, including Miller Homes, British Gas, Allianz and Toyota, as well as RICS.