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Projects That Are in Store Along the Silk Road for 2017

January 2017
The Qamchiq Tunnel in the Angren-Pap railroad in Uzbekistan, inaugurated on June 22, 2016 by China's President Xi Jinping and the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov.

December 29, 2016 (EIRNS)—In the latest installment of its series of articles on The New Silk Road, Forbes magazine describes "5 Upheavals To Expect From the New Silk Road in 2017," published on December 27. The article lists major initiatives taken over this current year, and says that in 2017, this "boom of activity along the entire network" will continue the momentum.

Besides seeing a "more institutionalized framework" for the initiative, the list includes "relatively large infrastructure building steps," that have so far been agreed to, and now will start materializing, as some of the large projects "double down" in their pace. Also listed is "increased participation from Europe." "With the initial concept of the New Silk Road as a mere pipeline for China to dump cheap products onto European markets being largely refuted," Europeans are "waking up to the fact" that Europe’s high-valued products will find a booming market in China and the rest of Asia.

On Dec. 21, the Center for Strategic and International Studies produced a list of 17 infrastructure projects in Asia to watch in 2017, under its "Reconnecting Asia" section. These include: