1Kiktenko, V
1A. Yu. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies, NAS of Ukraine. 4, Hrushevskoho Str., Kyiv, 01001, Ukraine
Kitaêznavčì doslìdžennâ 2018, 1:58-68
https://doi.org/10.15407/chinesest2018.01.058
Section: Political, social and Economic development of China
Language: Ukrainian
Abstract: 

In the article on the basis of linguistic data (etymology of words and hieroglyphics, word-wording and interpretation of words), THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE («一带一路 (国家级顶层合作倡议)») is studied as an abstract and metaphorical concept. It is determined that China’s current initiative transforms the ancient Silk Road into a myth, because it is determined by its exclusive affiliation with the Chinese civilization, which contradicts historical facts. THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE semantically absorbs into itself the ancient and new Silk Road, which in fact is a struggle with Western conception of the past and a return of the Sinocentrism. As a result of the study, it is argued that THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE is a Chinese way of thinking to create a single, protective path that simultaneously mythologizes and globalizes the historic Silk Road to address the modern challenges of China’s modernization and globalization.

Keywords: Belt and Road Initiative, China, concept, metaphor, Silk Road

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