Since the Han Dynasty, China has not only opened up the land-based Silk Road to West Asia, but also successively sent members to open up sea passages, opening up the trade map that reaches the west side of the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa. The sons of the Southern Song Dynasty, Fujian and Quanzhou City, mentioned the geography and property descriptions of the 56 countries around the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean contained in Zhao Fanshi's "Zhu Fanzhi". It is a concrete manifestation of the Chinese ancients' ocean economic vision reaching a peak.

Since the 16th century, the trade maps of East Asia and the Indian Ocean jointly created by Arabs and Chinese have gradually been replaced by Europeans. The disorderly colonial plunder of Western maritime hegemony has led to the loss of development of the three major civilizations of East Asia, Arabia and India that originally dominated the global economy. First opportunity, the backward situation needs to be changed.

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative offers a favorable opportunity to accelerate the transformation of this situation. The investment of Chinese capital, talents and technology will help to generate more emerging “little dragons” from the countries along the route. The upgrading of transportation facilities will expand the circulation of commercial trade across the board. The exchange of humanities and culture will help reduce ethnicity. The gap between faith and geography. More importantly, it will promote the traditional economic block in Southeast Asia, as well as closer economic and trade exchanges between South Asia (excluding India), the Middle East, Iran, East Africa and the South Pacific island countries, and in turn will form a broader strategic cooperation driven by the economy. However, India’s prevention, the interference of terrorism and the involvement of the United States and Japan are obstacles and obstacles that are difficult to avoid.

Speaker of the forum: Tang Jintai, director of the Cross-Strait Historical and Cultural Research Center of New York; 31 years of text translation and review at the United Nations Headquarters, amateur engaged in cross-strait historical and cultural investigation and research. Research focus: China's modern marine history, the history of Sino-Western maritime exchanges, the formation and development of South Fujian and Hakka people, and the history of Taiwan in the late Ming Dynasty. Works: "Taiwan in the Age of Great Navigation", "Opening the First Man in Taiwan, Zheng Zhilong", "The Millennium Hakka", "The Weinan Maritime Empire" and so on.

Activity time:2April 22, 017

Event Location: Fordham University Manhattan Campus (specific address announced after WeChat registration)