Hello my name is Steve Roddy.
I teach in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages
at the University of San Francisco.
Today, I'm going to be talking about the Belt Road Initiative,
BRI, or what's also called,
the One Belt One Road Initiative,
or in Chinese [speaking Chinese].
The inspiration for this name came from the word silk road,
which sounds like a very ancient term,
but in fact it was an invention of a German aristocrat,
Baron von Richthofen in the mid-19th century.
This name conjures up images of caravans traversing the deserts of Central Asia
during the Tang Dynasty, bearing silk, porcelain,
and other luxury Chinese goods.
However, Chinese Vision of the Overland Route,
encompasses several main tramps,
the traditional one that crosses Central Asia,
but also another one,
a northern one, that starts in Eastern Siberia,
goes across northern China, Mongolia,
and the Eurasian steps to Moscow,
Kiev, Berlin, and ends in London.
There is yet another one, a third route, that starts in Southern China,
winds through Burma, Thailand,
and Malaysia, and ends in Singapore.