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For Scientific Cooperation China Proposes 'Digital Silk Road'
May 23, 2016

China has proposed an international scientific co-operation programme for Earth Observation to provide digital backing to its mega Silk Road Project.

The Digital Silk Road proposal was put forward recently at an international symposium on Earth observation for the Belt and Road, the official designation for Silk Road.

  • The event was attended by over 300 Earth observation scholars and experts from more than 40 countries and regions along the Belt and Road, as well as international organisations like UNESCO.

  • The academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said, "Space based Earth observation technology will help enhance people's understanding of the Belt and Road in a faster, broader and more accurate way."

  • The ‘Digital Silk Road’ programme will hopefully provide statistics and environmental information for the Belt and Road initiative and support decision making.

  • CAS expressed hope that the Earth observation technology may be used to promote research on natural resources in countries along the Belt and Road, paving the way for more bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

  • This ‘Digital Silk Road’ programme will be scientific, open and co-operative and will welcome more countries, organisations and scholars to participate.


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