"Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” waxed Rudyard Kipling in his poem Ballad of East and West,underlining how the East and the West were fated to misunderstand each other and how each would retain its own distinct identity. This concept is apparently about to be superseded as a result of the extraordinary
One Belt, One Road initiative (also known as Belt and Road) promoted by the Chinese. The project aims to reopen the old silk routes, both over land and by sea, and appears to be ushering in a future in which various civilisations are set on a path that will end with them merging on equal footing, without any one prevailing over the others.

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