The modern world’s most important trade routes

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The most successful civilizations of the ancient times relied on one important aspect that determined whether or not their empire will survive and flourish for a hundred years: active trade routes. China, the Middle East, and other established nations recognize the importance of keeping this economic and trading connection that even in the modern times, they remain an irreplaceable building block to progress—even to small, offshore investment centers like Bermuda and the Bahamas.

Here are some of the most productive trade routes in the modern world:

Strait of Malacca

This maritime route runs between three economically competitive countries: Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. For decades, the Strait of Malacca has been a central connection of the rest of the world to and from the Asian regions. The history of the strait goes way back to the ancient times and today, it’s a key link that connects the Pacific and the Indian Oceans.

Strait of Hormuz

The Persian Gulf is a major exporter of billions of barrels of petroleum products, and the Strait of Hormuz is a critically important route for the global economy.  While crude oil is the number one product that benefits from such global access, there is a variety of merchandise that is also exported and re-exported through this water trade route.

The New Silk Road

China’s One Belt One Road initiative is set to revive and expand the ancient Silk Road in order to connect the biggest markets in the global economy. The New Silk Road, according to experts, will connect countries with the right infrastructure, political stability, and of course, favorable geographic location. The main goal is to trace the path of least resistance, a free-flowing connection, and productive cooperation among economically active neighbors.