Capturing the Belt and Road: Introduction
The year 2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative which was proposed by President Xi Jinping. Over the past decade, the initiative has become a widely welcomed international public good and a platform for international cooperation. It has brought tremendous opportunities of development and prosperity for all the countries that have joined.
Fujian was a major starting point of the ancient maritime Silk Road and also an important hub of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Together with Meizhou Daily from Fujian province, China Daily is hosting this collection under the theme “Capturing the Belt and Road”. The activity focuses on the art form of cartoons and aims to display the vigor of the Belt and Road through visual language. By painting the beautiful landscape of the Belt and Road, which promotes exchanges among different civilizations and thus builds a community with a shared future of mankind, we hope to present our readers a new angel of understanding the Chinese path to modernization. While inheriting the cultural heritages and values of ancient maritime Silk Road, we are also embracing the bright future of a new era.
The collection also aims to display the beauty of integration. It includes stories of the Silk Road from both ancient and modern times. Through the artists’ works, we hope to help Chinese readers gain a better understanding of the world, and hope the world might also gain a better understanding of China. Let us enjoy these colorful works of the Belt and Road together.