Originating in Sian, the Silk route is the 4000km trade route, followed by the great wall of China, bypassing the Takla Makan Desert up to Levant, ending up at the Mediterranean.
This how middlemen traded goods, Silk in particular from East and West of China to the Mediterranean Sea.
The name is derived from the silk trade and the length horses carried out along, during the Han Dynasty from 207 BCE – 220 CE.
But why is it relevant today?
Firstly, there is a strong thesis about the world’s economic gravity going back to where it began in 1CE by 2025. Trade organically originated in the south-east regions in the 1500s, moved west through the 1900s and is most likely to come back to the south-eastern side by 2025.
Next, blending this perspective with the current gold-rush in south-east-Asia, this belt can be a huge business driver for digital commerce with a large consumer base.
Tip: So if you have an eCommerce business in US or Canada: Start thinking about how you can sell your products on Alibaba or other platforms and make them accessible in China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines. What kinds of supply chains, shipping providers, and fulfillment partners would you need to enable global trade?
Per McKinsey, China is pouring $40Billion to fund key initiatives into the silk road connecting the following: New Eurasian Land Bridge, China–Mongolia–Russia, China–Central Asia–Western Asia, Indo-China Peninsula, China–Pakistan, and Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar.
These mobile first nations are strongly positioned to be the economic powerhouses for the next decade.