China ship harbors in Egypt in voyage to promote “Belt and Road” initiative

A Chinese ship harbored on Friday in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria in Egypt as a stop in its journey along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

The “Qingdao China” trimaran set off from Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center in late October.

And the voyage will travel through Asia, Europe and Africa.

It’s aimed to help promote China’s “Belt and Road” initiative.

SOUNDBITE (Chinese): GUO CHUAN, Captain
“Through the route to the Arctic and the new Silk Road, we want to promote China’s maritime culture to the world.”

The “Qingdao China” ship is one of only five existing trimarans in the world and a widely recognized plain, highly-efficient and strong super sailing ship in the field of international sailing.

Qingdao used to be the sail setting point for the north line and an important port in ancient Maritime Silk Road.

The Chinese coastal resort now stands as a major node city in new Eurasian Continental Bridge economic corridor and hastens to become a bridgehead as China is gearing up to boost the belt and road initiative.

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