The Silk RoadEconomic Belt and The 21st – century Maritime Silk Road are subdivided into followingsix economic corridors, which are proposed as the framework of the OBORinitiative (See Appendix B). 1) the New Eurasian Land Bridge also well – knownas “Second or New Eurasian Continental Bridge”, which starts its way from Lianyungang in Jiangsu province, all the wayto Rotterdam in Western Europe (One Belt, One Road, p.9). It is considered tobe faster than shipping and comparatively cheaper than using air routes, itpasses the territories of 7 provinces within China and reaches its final destinationvia three railways. 2) The China – Mongolia – Russia Corridor comprises ofmodern high-speed rail and highways and separated into main two lines, whichare Beijing – Tianjin – Hebei to Russia (via Hohhot, Inner Mongolia) and Dalianto Chita in Russia (via Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin, Manzhouli and InnerMongolia) (One Road, One Belt, p.
9). Majorcities across China including Guangzhou, Shenyang, Suzhou and Tianjin withinternational destinations are already linked through functioning internationalfreight trains. 3) The China – Central Asia – West Asia Corridor runs fromChina through Alashankou joining to therailway networks of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) and Western Asia before arriving at the ArabianPeninsula, Mediterranean coats, Turkey and Iran ( Mcfadden, 2016, p.4).
Itis worth to mention that this way will crucial gateway for transporting oil andnatural gas. 4) The China – Indochina Peninsula Corridor is aimed to connect “thePearl River Delta Economic Circle (around Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shenzhen)with the South-East Asian countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand andVietnam” (One Belt, One Road, p. 10).
Besides, modern high speed railways andhighways will operate from the South China to Singapore through Vietnam. 5) TheBangladesh – China – India – Myanmar economic corridor will adjoin East Asiawith South Asia (China – India). The role of India as a significant tradepartner for China is undoubted, thus collective efforts in enhancement of thiscorridor, and railway construction, industrial cooperation and professionaltraining services are expected to be performed. Last, but not least, 6) TheChina – Pakistan Corridor will be devoted to link ” Kashgar in Xinjiang withthe deep-sea port of Gwadar in Pakistan, this corridor could afford China ashortcut to the Middle East and Africa via Dubai and Oman, bypassing the Straitof Malacca” (One Belt, One Road, p. 14).