How China is destroying the ancient Silk Road
Posted On July 28, 2021
Posted March 03, 2020 11:20:16China is destroying ancient Silk Roads through mining, dredging and mining infrastructure.
China is planning to open up new mines and roads across the country, in addition to expanding its own copper mines and copper-rich deposits in the South China Sea, according to the Financial Times.
China has been trying to revive its economy after a devastating economic slowdown in the 1980s and 1990s.
The country is currently embroiled in a territorial dispute with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal.
The FT reports that the Chinese government has spent billions of dollars to dredge the seabed off the Philippines, build new mines in the Spratly Islands, and build a new mine in the Paracels, in the Philippines.
China’s military has also begun construction on an underwater canal to link China’s western provinces with the rest of Southeast Asia.
China is also planning to build new roads and railways to boost its economy, according the report.
In the last year, the Chinese Government has poured more than $1.6 billion into infrastructure projects across China, including the construction of a dam on the Yangtze River, a $2.4 billion dam to boost the speed of the Great Wall, a 2,500-mile long river connecting China with Vietnam, and construction of an 8,000-mile high-speed railway.
The infrastructure projects are expected to cost $30 billion, according, the FT.
According to the report, the government is also investing in the construction and operation of a new road network in the country.
In 2018, the first phase of the “Great Wall” project in the region, which is currently under construction, would cost an estimated $2 billion, but is expected to be completed in 2020.
The new road will connect Shanghai with Wuhan in Hubei Province, the capital of Hubeis Central province, according.
A second phase of construction will link Wuhans capital, Wuhang, with Hubeidabad in the west.
The project is estimated to cost an additional $1 billion, the report said.
The report adds that the Great Barrier Reef is also being damaged by dredging.
In October 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey announced that the world’s coral reefs were at a “dangerous” level.
In October 2020, the Great Reefs Marine Park Authority reported that more than 2,000 species of marine life are threatened, including more than 10 species of reef-building fish, including bluefin tuna, shark, and rays.
The U.K. government is concerned that China’s rapid construction of dams and other infrastructure is threatening the environment.
In 2017, it banned Chinese dredging on its Great Barrier Island, citing environmental concerns.
In June 2018, a study by a U.N. research team found that China is building dams and infrastructure in excess of 20 times the size of its own coastline.
The U.T.S., which monitors Chinese construction projects, said that the country is increasing its use of artificial islands to create artificial reefs.
The Great Barrier has become an artificial reef, which the U,S.
and U.A.E. are concerned could be used for oil drilling.