Intl students discuss Silk Road and BRI development
Updated: 2017-12-01

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Yao Ximing, dean of the College of International Exchange at Shanghai University, shares his insights into the Silk Road with international students on Nov 24. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Professor Yao Ximing, dean of the College of International Exchange at Shanghai University, shared his insights into Silk Road, the economic and cultural icon of China, with international students on Nov 24.

Yao relayed his experience of visiting the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan in July and answered questions from students, including "Why did you choose to study at Shanghai University," and "What does culture mean to us?"

Beginning with a conversation on China's Silk Road, Yao explained its origin and history, noting the many historical figures who contributed to its development.

"As a centuries-old treasure boosting closer economic, political and cultural bonds between the East and the West, the Silk Road is of diplomatic, developmental and exploratory significance, and it is in accordance with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promotion of an equal, communicative and comprehensive environment," the professor said.

"This is also consistent with the development capabilities of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an important hinge connection to the Silk Road; it boasts an integration of highways, railways, oil-gas pipelines and optical fiber."

Students raised many questions and appeared to find their lecturer insightful and knowledgeable. Students said the lecture had inspired them to learn more about China and discover the country's history, character and charm.

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Yao's lecture garners much interest from Shanghai University's international students. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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