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FUZHOU Men's Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit 2018 Shoes Red UK , Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Before the 21st Century Maritime Silk Route (MSR) initiative was unveiled, many firms had already taken steps to link China with countries along the ancient trade route.
"We have walked around the world," said Ding Pengwan, chief operating officer with Xidelang, a local sports shoemaker in Chendai in southeastern Fujian Province.
Ding is a descendant of the Arabian businessmen who settled in China after plying their trade along the silk road. The small town in Quanzhou City, where the MSR will start, is home to popular domestic sportswear brands such as 361 Degrees, PEAK and ANTA, all of which are run by similar businessmen that have already begun to tap into the potential of the developing countries along the MSR.
PEAK Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit Betrue 2017 Shoes Blue UK , the first Chinese shoe maker to win NBA sponsorship, makes or sells shoes in over 80 countries and has plans to make this 100 countries, raking in 10 billion yuan (1.63 billion U.S. dollars) in overseas sales, in the near future.
ANTA and 361 Degrees are also eyeing European and Southeast Asian expansion through brand cooperation or the establishment of overseas branches.
Their ambitions are driven by the changing landscape of the sports shoes market: China's footwear export volume and sales plummeted in January, falling 13.5 percent and 10.9 percent respectively.
Like many manufacturing sectors in China, rising costs, workforce shortages and looming overcapacity have pushed Chinese shoemakers to capitalize on the vast market along the MSR.
"Pioneering courage and entrepreneurialism just runs in our blood," Ding said.
As a sector that relies on minimum outlays, manufacturing of footwear has shifted geographically inline with rising production costs.
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The Huajian Group, one of China' s largest footwear producers for the female market, which is based in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Dongguan, is now the largest shoemaker in Ethiopia.
Its products, labeled "Made in Ethiopia", produces over half of Ethiopia's shoe exports, which has boosted the growth of farming, leather processing, transportation Men's Nike Air Vapormax 2018 Shoes Black UK , logistics and other related sectors. With daily output of over 5,000 pairs of shoes, Huajian employs over three thousand Ethiopians.
However, Huajian sees Ethiopia as more than just another overseas plant.
The private firm has tried to help boost the local economy by nurturing entrepreneurship in Ethiopia through skill transfer, a move lauded by Ernst & Young Ethiopia, which noted that building clusters around one or two major Ethiopian investors helped to foster competitive and comparative advantages that boost the country's economic independence and success.
There needs to be a deeper kind of connectivity for countries that are geographically connected, as shared values and development can lead to connectivity on other levels, said Sameh El-Shahat, CEO of China-i Limited Women's Nike Air Vapormax 2018 Shoes Purple UK , a risk management and public diplomacy advisory firm.
Huajian plans to create a new cluster of footwear production facilities that would export to the African, European, and American markets within a decade. It will work with the China-Africa Development Fund to invest 2 billion U.S. dollars within the next few years, which will result in the creation of 100,000 jobs for Ethiopians.
BEIJING, May 14 (Xinhua) - Chinese President Xi Jinping onSunday proclaimed the Silk Road spirit, saying it has become agreat heritage of human civilization.
Spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routesembody the spirit of "peace and cooperation, openness andinclusiveness Men's Nike Air Vapormax Shoes Navy Black UK , mutual learning and mutual benefit," he said.
Xi made the remarks when delivering a keynote speech at theopening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for InternationalCooperation in Beijing.
When expounding the spirit of peace and cooperation, he recalledZhang Qian's well-known journey to the Western regions.
In China's Han Dynasty around 140 B.C., Zhang, a royal emissary,left Chang'an [Xi'an nowadays] and traveled westward on a missionof peace, opening an overland route linking the East and theWest.
Centuries later, in the years of Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasties Men's Nike Air Vapormax KPU TPU Shoes Green Black UK ,such silk routes, both over land and at sea, boomed. Greatadventurers, including Du Huan of China, Marco Polo of Italy andibn Batutah of Morocco, left their footprints along these ancientroutes.
In the early 15th century, Zheng He, a famous Chinese navigatorin the Ming Dynasty, made seven voyages to the Western Seas Men's Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Shoes Grey UK , whichXi lauded as "a feat which still is remembered today."
"These pioneers won their place in history not as conquerorswith warships, guns or swords. Rather, they are remembered asfriendly emissaries leading camel caravans and sailingtreasure-loaded ships," Xi said. "Generation after generation, thesilk routes travelers have built a bridge for peace and East-Westcooperation."
The ancient silk routes, spanning the valleys of the Nile, theTigris and Euphrates, the Indus and Ganges, and the Yellow andYangtze Rivers Men's Nike Air Vapormax KPU TPU Shoes All Red UK , are also regarded as an emblem of openness andinclusiveness.
The routes connected the birthplaces of the Egyptian,Babylonian, Indian and Chinese civilizations as well as the landsof Buddhism, Christianity and Islam and homes of people ofdifferent nationalities and races, Xi said.
They enabled people of various civilizations, religions andraces to "interact with and embrace each other with open mind" andfoster a spirit of mutual respect, he said.
"This part of history shows that civilization thrives withopenness and nations prosper through exchange," he stressed.
Not for trade only, the ancient silk routes also boosted flow ofknowledge Men's Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Shoes Blue White UK , which Xi valued as the spirit of mutual learning.
Through these routes, Chinese silk, porcelain, lacquerwork andironware were shipped.