Above all we love belt road mapping which Xi Jinping spends a lot to time helping everyone to examine- why? because its the most systemic method we have ever seen of resolving all the conflicts of the colonial age which starting 15000 accelerated to end in 2 world wars
As recently as the race to the moon a search around the world would show up to half of people had no access to electricity grids let alone phones or other ways of sharing info other than person to person. Today we have about 1000 times more communications tech around the world than 1946- but has it been mapped in ways that linkin sustainability goals of all of us.
Start with the fact that 90% of world trade is shipped. If you live in a landlocked nation, you cant access that world trade unless you have a friendly neighbor and have built container overland transport.
When the British as main colonisers of the East gave back independence to nations starting in the late 1940s, the colonial period left behind negative logic to where ports (and railroads if any were). Essentially they were bordered in by neighbors who had through centuries of colonisation seen each other as enemies like pakistan and india
We can all leap together into a 21st C and celebrate the best of digital and human commerce if we remap every continents- where should shared superports be, what overland grid of Roads (Rail, electricity cables other pipes ) will ensure that every community and every enterprsie hwoever small can be free to trade. It doesnt make sense to say to everyone on mobile - ok you can trade learning but you cant trade goods because we havent mapped local to global trading infrastructures smartly
There is more good news about linking contiuents by railroads. Like the Silk Road of old, a railroad is only effective if every neighbor ceklebrates every other. Rail trade can bring massively positive opportunities to youth even if hosti9ry had caused their parents to war against each other. Wjat we need know is massive arts festivals, langiage festivals culture festivals, joint technology expoeriemnts everywhere that youth are newly bridged, In other words , can we unite the human race not just in sustainability goals but in youthful joy and peace dividends. Todays commiunications technologies can be desigend to make places safer and safer by womens standrads as the deepest judge of community wellbeing. If we dont just do it now, will we ever.
China has at least 15 near neighbors. Generally speaking the poorest chinese are clpse to neighblors who are poorest. So as adam smith would say its in china's interests to help map win-win tradiong infrastructure across borders as well as being about growth and also both the moral and the sustainability way forward.
Of course there are whole continents like africa which first need to remap their belt roads. They then need to decide which countries want to connect sustainability investments. Its up to Africans whether their favorite inward investors are usa, china west europe or elsewhere but it makes sense to check out that your investors do understand belt road mapping and value youth's worldwide collaboration towards sustainability gpoals of every community
Xi Jinping challenge to design next half billion livelihoods (china's under 30s)- elders no safety net