In the future you may be able to travel around the Silk Road economic belt in a self-drive vehicle and take your in-laws along for the ride. You see, the Silk Road is starting a new economic era with more Silk Road countries joining in on the money making pie. China is one of those, and they are not going to just stop at the docks, they are going to dock everything and then dock it again. Indeed, they have been quite aggressive in getting their name onto the market, and doing so with some other countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Of course, there are still many countries that wish to jump into this pool of opportunity, and some are doing quite well with it, while others struggle. For those that have not been too successful, it could be a case of poor timing, or being too far away from the center of the belt. The United States, for example, is not fully on board the “Silk Road” ship, but has been rather passive in recent years when it comes to promoting trade within Asia. Some wonder if the US is trying to protect its wallet from the rise of the South Korean car manufacturers, which has been making its way over the border into the US.
Others believe it is simply a matter of time before China becomes as dominant a force in the region as the US once was. If so, then we are faced with a unique set of circumstances, and perhaps that is the reason the Chinese are taking over the US economy right now. They are building huge sea boats, and military vessels to be able to project power into the region, and they are doing so by buying up smaller nations, like Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines. The United States is worried about the military buildup in Iran and is worried about the nuclear weapon stockpile the Chinese are building, so all this is coming into play at the same time, and the future is looking very bright for China in the future. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out over the next couple of decades.