Collaborative Modernization
-- The Essence of “the Belt and Road Initiative”

By Ke Yinbin
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The official documents about the B&R Initiative break through the traditional logic that modernization is industrialization. As for the contents of modernization, they focus on the importance of connectivity, including policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds.

"Collaborative modernization" is modernization promoted by more than one countries to realize their common interests. It objectively requires the community composed of several countries to achieve connectivity. "Collaborative modernization" is also modernization suited to the era when globalization and IT application are being continuously deepened. That provides strong material and technical support for meeting the demands of connectivity.

Therefore, connectivity is not only the mainstream of the building of the "Belt and Road," but the main content of "collaborative modernization."

Measures: International cooperation is the core.

Classical modernization is largely achieved through competition or even wars. This means is corresponding to the Christian civilization of the West. By the early 20th century, only countries in Europe and North America had realized modernization. (Japan is an exception.) By the 1970s-80s, the Four Asian Tigers, as a whole, had achieved modernization. Their success was partly attributed to international cooperation.

Official documents about the B&R Initiative put great emphasis on "cooperation." The word "cooperation" appears 136 times, and more importantly, "cooperation" is not only the base but also the core. In order to realize common interests, we must cooperate; in order to form a community, we must cooperate; in order to jointly build the "Belt and Road" through consultation to meet the interests of all, we must cooperate; in order to achieve connectivity, still we must cooperate. It's entirely fair to say that without cooperation, there will be no “the Belt and Road Initiative."

Integrating the development strategies of the countries along the route is amajor measure to build the "Belt and Road." What are the development strategies? They refer to the national strategies with modernization as the goal and content. How to integrate them? An "interface" needs to be identified! That "interface" is "collaborative modernization."

In essence, "collaborative modernization" is "cooperation modernization."

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