The Underlying Philosophy and Impact of the New Silk Road World Order

A Paper by Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University, delivered at the 13th Annual Session of the Rhodes Forum on October 9, 2015

It was not too long ago when China started to rise, people were talking about how China must seek to be accepted by the world and merge itself into the existing world order “as a responsible power.” Just a couple of decades later, many have started to talk about how China is playing an active and even a leading role in creating a new world order. China’s bold initiative known as “One Belt and One Road” presents a grand scale blueprint of the future geo-political landscape. With reference to this initiative and China’s overall role in it, some people have created a new expression called the “Silk Road World Order,” or simply the “Silk World Order.”

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