The Spirit of the Silk Road
The historical trade route known as the Silk Road was also a platform for people-to-people and cultural exchanges, where people from various ethnic, racial, religious and cultural backgrounds met and assimilation occurred. Embodying peace, cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, eagerness to learn from each other, and mutual benefit, the spirit of the Silk Road has been passed down through generations for thousands of years. China and other countries along the Silk Road have all along supported and helped each other in their efforts to defend national dignity and sovereignty, explore approaches to development, and bring about national renewal. By learning from each other, they have benefited from expanded people-topeople and cultural exchanges and national cultural revitalization drives.
President Xi Jinping proposed a new initiative to promote the Silk Road spirit in the new era to boost interaction and exchanges between civilizations. The initiative calls for respect for the chosen approaches to development of individual countries, and promotion of peace through mutually beneficial cooperation and dialogue.