The Silk Road is the world’s oldest trade route. It brought silk, spices and porcelain, but also ideas and religions, from Asia to Europe. The rise of sea travel saw the decline of the land links, but now China is planning a new Silk Road.
Chinese involvement in sub-Saharan Africa's ports is substantial. The investments could become a risk if Beijing controls access, experts warn. Still African countries stand to benefit if they can mitigate the risks.
The German economy minister has described China as a partner and competitor. He said it is time to establish better trade rules that don't put European companies at a disadvantage.
As China's trade dispute with the United States heats up and Russia faces sanctions from the West, Beijing and Moscow are growing closer. It's a budding friendship, despite some mutual distrust, says DW's Frank Sieren.
As one of the end points for China's vast new global trade route, the former industrial city of Duisburg is well known to many Chinese businesses. Many Duisburg residents are optimistic about Beijing's growing influence.
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