China launches maiden maritime Silk Road cruise liner

Date: February 09, 2015

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China launches first maritime Silk Road cruise liner

A Chinese cruise liner to ply the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road started its maiden voyage from the Beihai port in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Monday morning.The liner has scheduled stops in Vietnam, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia before eventually reaches Kuantan Port in Malaysia.

The 21st century MSR project is an initiative of President Xi Jinping to string together partnerships with countries in the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean, including India. Xi first proposed the rejuvenation of the MSR and revival of ancient Silk Road connecting China and Europe via central Asia in 2013. 

 

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Since then the 'One Belt' and 'One Road' projects which included Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM), and Pakistan-China Economic Corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have become a buzz word in China's diplomacy. India is taking part in the deliberations over the BCIM but has not yet announced its stand on the MSR. India's concerns lie in the fact that China may use the projects to firm up its foothold in the Indian Ocean.