China’s Belt and Road policy seeks to integrate smart

ecological infrastructure among developing countries to facilitate

trade, investment and communications while achieving the United Nations Sustainable Develop

ment Goals of reducing poverty and protecting the environment. China’s policy of the “ecological civilization” prio

ritizes environmental protection through technology application to enhance green energy and the deve

lopment of ecological cities. Protection of the oceans and water systems is a priority of the “ecological civilization”.

The Belt and Road follows the historical Silk Road and includes the historical Maritime Silk Road. This cove

rs a vast oceanography involving many sea-lanes for transport and many island areas. Some island archipelagos and many coas

tlines are threatened by rising ocean levels. To prevent a migration crisis, it will be necessary to support increasing popula

tions on the island states and coastlines that will be lost to rising seas. This will require new, technologically smart

and environmentally sound infrastructure. The floating city concept hopes to address this need.

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