This is a place where written languages originated from, where beliefs were born and where civilizations were bred. This is Asia. 47 countries, over 1,000 minorities, more than 2,000 languages, nearly a hundred religions, Asia is the cradle of ancient civilizations and traditions. As the first Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations gets underway in May in Beijing, CGTN invites you to explore the ancient but energetic, large but diverse, harmonious but distinct Asia.
The dust has yet to settle around the trade war after a year of talks rife with tension. The war makes soybean the crop of the century, anoints computer chips as the new tech gold, and sets 5G as the battleground for the future of communication. It seems the fight has gone beyond commercial interests to chest-beating geopolitical rivalry.
As the Chinese economy matures decades after its opening up, the BRI was conceived to capitalize on this momentum. The revival of the ancient Silk Road is a sign that China is transitioning from committing raw manpower to doling out infrastructure loans, in its aim to promote better livelihoods around the world and build interconnectivity with sustainable investment projects.
Brexit has been a long, tortuous journey for Britain and the European Union, dominated by a litany of dramas but little progress. Deals have been rejected, decisions deferred, and fundamental splits in the UK political system exposed. As the Brexit clock ticks down, all is still to play for in a process that matters to Britain, to Europe, and to the world economy.