ESSAY QUESTION More than two millennia ago, the people of Eurasia explored and opened up several routes of trade and cultural exchanges that linked the major civilizations of Asia, Europe and Africa, collectively called the Silk Road by later generations. Symbolizing communication and cooperation between the East and the West, the Silk Road Spirit is a historic and cultural heritage shared by all countries around the world. Chinese President Xi Jinping in September and October 2013 raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the One Belt One Road - OBOR), which have attracted close attention from all over the world. Accelerating the building of OBOR can help promote the economic prosperity of the countries along OBOR and regional economic cooperation, strengthen exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations, and promote world peace and development. It is a great undertaking that will benefit people around the world. There are various countries in Asia (including ASEAN), Africa and Europe that will/can be involved in OBOR. These countries will be closely connected and mutually beneficial cooperation will be taken to new highs and in new forms. Given the complexities of OBOR, present well-researched points of view on OBOR. The following are guidelines: · Explain what OBOR entails – how will the system work; what will it entail. Included are the principles, frameworks, priorities and cooperation mechanisms. · How will OBOR affect Africa? Address industries/sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, ICT, and Tourism, Hospitality & Cultural Exchanges. · Identify the challenges of putting OBOR to work in Africa. · Would you see OBOR as a replacement for the ASEAN region, given the USA’s unwillingness to ratify the TPP? How will this position China in the region and globally? Substantiate your points of view. Present your answers in the form of a well-structured report of approximately12 pages (1½ spacing, Times New Roman font. Size: 12), including an executive summary, introduction, conclusion, but excluding references and cover page. You are also welcome to add additional supporting information in the appendices, which would be excluded from the 12 pages. In answering the above questions please ensure that you draw on existing data and research and reference them appropriately.