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New Map of the Belt & Road Reveals a Much More Intricate Chinese Trading Network

A trio of scholars in China recently published an academic paper in the Journal of Contemporary China that included a much more detailed map of China’s Belt & Road trade routes in Asia than previously available.

One of the key takeaways from the map is the vast overland corridors across South Asia from the Gawadar Port in Pakistan to Kashgar in Xinjiang, from Kunming in southern China across Laos to Myanmar in the Gulf of Thailand, and then up north, where massive Russian oil pipelines snake down through Mongolia to China’s industrial rust belt.

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