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S2019E26 - Trade - the conquest of the seas

With the worldwide expansion of trade, man began to conquer the oceans: sea routes were relocated and enlarged to meet the needs of producers and consumers, canals built (such as the Suez Canal in the Middle East and the Panama Canal in Central America) and straits developed. The conquest of the sea routes reveals much about the history of mankind, trade between peoples, and the quest for power. Today, China shows that it has recognized the importance of maritime routes: As part of the "New Silk Road" infrastructure project, the country is investing in the Panama Canal, the Kra-Isthmus in Thailand and major ports such as Genoa and Athens. [arte]

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