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China's “New Silk Roads” project is one of President Xi Jinping's grandest designs - perhaps even the grandest - a vast plan to create land and sea trade routes across the whole of Eurasia, stretching right into Europe.
Central to this strategic development project is the Eurasian Land Bridge, a 10,000-kilometre road and rail network that will run across western China to Central Asia via Kazakhstan, then along the edge of the Urals to Moscow and ultimately to Europe.
This New Silk Road is designed to allow China to expand westwards, to strengthen its hold on the Muslim province of Xinjiang, where the Uyghurs live and establish its dominance in Central Asia, historically within Russia's sphere of influence. Too bad if that means ruffling the feathers of its traditional ally.