Stories From The New Silk Road [The Compass]

Episodes

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01Raha: The Joy Of The Train2019060520190609 (WS)

The new Chinese Mombasa–Nairobi railway has finally overturned over 100 years of history by replacing the British-built Uganda Railway - the most strategically important conduit in the scramble for Africa. Cutting the time between Mombasa and Nairobi from 10 hours to 4.5 hours. Chinese interests may be at the centre of these investments - but the impact is regional, how is the Kenyan population benefiting from this new service?

Presenter: Larry Madowo and Peter Shevlin

(Photo: The inaugural journey of the Standard Gauge Railway, from Mombasa to Nairobi, Kenya, on May 30, 2017 Credit: Getty Images)

The new Chinese Mombasa\u2013Nairobi railway has replaced the British-built Uganda Railway

The Compass - exploring our world.

How a new Silk Road connecting transport hubs from Kenya to Kazakhstan is changing lives.

02Kazakhstan: A Port In The Sand2019061220190616 (WS)

Khorgas in Kazakhstan is going through an economic boom and Chinese trains stop here and their loads are shifted on to the Kazakh trains. This region was the gateway of the ancient Silk Road, a meeting place of cultures and languages. We meet nomads who have called this land home for centuries and pioneers developing a city for the future.

Presenter: Rose Kudabayeva and Peter Shevlin
Producer: Monica Whitlock

Khorgas in Kazakhstan was the gateway of the ancient Silk Road. How is it transforming?

The Compass - exploring our world.

(Photo: The KTZE-Khorgos Gateway dry port, a logistics hub on the Kazakh side of the Kazakhstan-Chinese. Credit: Getty Images)

03Cambodia: New Riches On The Coast20190619

When it comes to South-East Asia, China’s presence is most felt in Sihanoukville. Cambodia’s once sleepy backpacker resort has been transformed by Chinese investment – the sheer speed of development has divided local opinion. Chatting to everyone from bus drivers to market stall holders about their experiences of a changing town, we ask, how has the Chinese influx affected the people of Sihanoukville?

Presenter: Scarlett Sok and Peter Shevlin
Producer: Peter Shevlin

(Photo: Public square with building construction in the background in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Credit: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

How a new Silk Road connecting transport hubs from Kenya to Kazakhstan is changing lives.

The Compass - exploring our world.

03Cambodia: New Riches On The Coast2019061920190623 (WS)

When it comes to South-East Asia, China’s presence is most felt in Sihanoukville. Cambodia’s once sleepy backpacker resort has been transformed by Chinese investment – the sheer speed of development has divided local opinion. Chatting to everyone from bus drivers to market stall holders about their experiences of a changing town, we ask, how has the Chinese influx affected the people of Sihanoukville?

Presenter: Scarlett Sok and Peter Shevlin
Producer: Peter Shevlin

(Photo: Public square with building construction in the background in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Credit: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

How a new Silk Road connecting transport hubs from Kenya to Kazakhstan is changing lives.

The Compass - exploring our world.

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04China: The Start Of The Silk Road20190626
04China: The Start Of The Silk Road20190626

The sky is hidden by smog in Lanzhou on the Yellow River; this transport and manufacturing hub is pumping Chinese goods out to the world. In this last programme, we find out how the Belt and Road Initiative has brought new people into this growing metropolis and how businesses are benefiting from the new infrastructure.

Presenter: Peter Shevlin and Martin Yip

Lanzhou city on the Yellow River is benefiting from the Belt and Road Initiative

The Compass - exploring our world.

04China: The Start Of The Silk Road2019062620190630 (WS)

The sky is hidden by smog in Lanzhou on the Yellow River; this transport and manufacturing hub is pumping Chinese goods out to the world. In this last programme, we find out how the Belt and Road Initiative has brought new people into this growing metropolis and how businesses are benefiting from the new infrastructure.

Presenter: Peter Shevlin and Martin Yip

Lanzhou city on the Yellow River is benefiting from the Belt and Road Initiative

The Compass - exploring our world.