Lao rock song explains the ABC of Belt and Road Initiative
What exactly is the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative? While economists and policy experts around the world are trying to find fancy and strict definitions for the ambitious and extensive global project, one journalist-turned-songwriter from Laos managed to capture the essence of the Belt and Road concept in simple words and a catchy tune.
Yidaiyilu, the Chinese term for the Belt and Road Initiative, is now a trending song on Chinese social media, despite it being performed in Lao language.
“Mutual benefits and win-win results,” “keeping close communication and better understanding each other,” and “enhancing connectivity across nations” are some of the lyrics of the rock song, which finishes off with some serious loud guitar play.
Vilayphone Vongphachanh, who has been in China for about six years, is the man behind the song and said the inspiration came from his knowledge about the Belt and Road Initiative through his work. He works as a host and program editor in the Lao service at China Radio International.
The song was completed in 2016 to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Laos, but recently came under the radar of netizens after a music video was produced.
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