Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis
It remains unknown whether any Chinese official, upon hearing of the One Belt, One Road idea asked the Chinese President Xi Jinping what to call the Caspian Sea part. The Belt refers to the maritime section of the project, encompassing much of South-East Asia then eventually washing up at Piraeus Port in Athens,while the Road follows the overland route -the section the New Silk Road Project team are tackling. One almost wishes for a Pythonesque, Chinese civil servant to have piped up and said "Yes but what about the Caspian? It's not a Road and it's not part of the Belt. Shall we call it the Gusset?" Alas we will never know the answer.