Inside 'Belt and Road,' China's mega-project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa

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Inside 'Belt and Road,' China's mega-project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa

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A train runs during the groundbreaking ceremony of a high-speed rail development - a Belt and Road project - in China and Thailand.

China is currently undertaking what it considers the largest project of the century - building a network of railroads and shipping lanes linking itself with 70 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.

The main focuses of the "Belt and Road" initiative - also known as "One Belt, One Road" - are in infrastructure, transportation, and energy.

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Countries including India, Pakistan, Russia, New Zealand and Poland have all joined in the project. Together they make up at least a third of the world's GDP.

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