On September 7th, 2013, the Silk Road Economic Belt was initiated that aims to connect Central Asian countries. The "One Belt" route stretches to the Baltic Sea area via Central Asia and Russia, to the Mediterranean Sea area via Central Asia and Western Asia, and to the Indian Ocean area via southwest China.
Aerial photo taken on Aug. 8, 2018 shows the Yining-Zhaosu highway in Ili, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. As an important link of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Xinjiang is speeding up the development of transportation and logistics to connect east and west. By the end of 2017, the total length of roadin Xinjiang reached 186,000 km, with 4,578 km of expressways. (Xinhua/Yang Guang)
-- Countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt
5 countries in Central Asia
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan are just across the border from China. They are closely connected with China's economy.
6 countries in Middle-eastern:
Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey mainly trade oil and gas. They look forward to developing other industries and agriculture through cooperation with China.
Photo taken on Nov. 20, 2012 shows the duplicate of statues at "The Colors of DunHuang: A Magic Gateway to the SilkRoad" exhibition held in Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul of Turkey. The Exhibition kicked off here on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)
6 countries on the boundary between Europe and Central Asia:
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova are expected to achieve economic integration.
Russia is an important part of the Silk Road Economic Belt. It has a close relationship with Central Asian countries, the countries of the Caucasus region, and Western Asian countries.
People take photos of the Dayan Pagoda at ightin Xi'an, capital of northwest China's ShaanxiProvince, April 19, 2018. Nighttour nowadays has become a new impetus to boost tourism of Xi'an, which has been attracting tourists with its renowned attractions including the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)
-- Chinese provines and regions along the Belt and Road Economic Belt
5 provinces and regions in northwestern China:
Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autunomous Region
4 provinces and regions in southwestern China:
Chongqing Municipality, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region