From Silk Road to Digital Road ! (Part-II)
From Silk Road to Digital Road ! (Part-II)
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ESilk Road draws renewed interest, emerging as a 'Blue Ocean' for Korea The following is the second article in the from 'Silk road' to 'Digital road' series, contributed by Cho Yong-joon, executive director, division of public relations & project of the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunities and Promotion (KADO).--Ed. By no means has Eastern Europe been considered a superior civilization or location than East Asia. Today, the Silk Road is demanding new attention. The Silk Road can connect Moscow and Dubai, UAE through Mongolia from Busan, Korea. In essence, the Silk Road could form a huge economic circle that surpasses the European Union (EU) or North America Free Trade Area (NAFTA). In particular, according to today's global situation in which resource wars over oil are being intensified, the importance of the Silk Road is growing. The recent visit of Korean President Roh to Azerbaijan can also be viewed within the context of the rich oil resources that this country possesses. From now on, we have to be reawakened to the significance of the Silk Road. The Central Asia region crossed by the Silk Road is a new 'Blue Ocean,' It is possible to revive the vast simple economic system the Mongol Empire formed in the past according to operate the Silk Road and based on this groundwork, Korea can seek a new way forward. One of the most auspicious things among the excellent achievements of the Mongol Empire's racial mixture principle network construction was to allow a key currency like the dollar currency these days to be circulated in those days already, thereby constructing a free trade region in a vast area. The Mongol Empire allowed a paper money, called 'Jiwon Tonghang Bocho,' to be circulated in the days of Kublai Khan. Kublai enforced a very powerful finance policy as the authorities put to death anyone who did not accept circulation of this paper currency and would exterminate three generations of a tribe if they made forgeries of the currency. Silk Road-centered pan-global commerce network Thus, an economic system by a simple paper currency could be constructed from the Pacific Ocean to Eastern Europe from east to west and north and south from Siberia to the Persian Gulf. By means of this economic system, the Mongol Empire paved the way for groundwork of Silk Road-centered pan-global commerce network by forming a simple trade circle of a powerful influencing power next to the WTO (World Trade Organization) system these days. 'The Washington Post' has justifiably chosen Genghis Khan as the most important figure in the history of the past 1,000 years through the newspaper's Millennium special feature to look back on the declining 20th century in last 1995. 'The Washington Post' assessed Genghis Khan's meritorious services which connected each civilizations on the globe scattered like an isolated island with each other organically and contributed to networking of civilizations and tribes, to be most important in the history of past Millennium. The lessons we can draw from such a view of history, is none other than the importance of standardization. The Mongol Empire beefed up its control by succeeding in forging a standard of currency and circulating it. In this context, Korea's WiBro (Wireless Broadband) and DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) can be regarded as 'a digital currency' to surpass the Mongol Empire's 'Jiwon Tonghang Bocho'. It is so in that the two technologies are a universal technology to allow the general nation to enjoy benefits easily since the two technologies all are a leading technology, which accomplished the first commercialization globally, and they can be commercialized with a reasonable price all over the world. Also, Mongolia becomes a good example. Mongolia covers an area 7.4 times larger than the Korean peninsula. Moreover, since around 30% of its population of 2.8 million lives in its capital Ulaan Bator and the rest is scattered here and there, the telecommunication network in Mongol is more important than any country. WiBro & DMB to serve as a digital currency in Mongolia However, it is very difficult to connect wire communication network in its wide territory in the light of Mongolia's unique circumstances. Internet access as well as the information gap accompanied by the difficulty of its use are still difficult national tasks for the government of Mongolia even though the Government wishes to solve it with mobile communication. Yet, Korea's WiBro can solve Mongolia's difficulties easily and further solve this country's information gap problem. In the case of WiBro, Internet use is possible in passable areas with headend installation alone even if we do not launch a satellite into the sky and don't pave a high-speed communication network. This is a similar principle post houses were built on and messengers were allowed to change a post horse by around 30km in the old Mongol Empire days and accordingly, the communication means have changed from a horse to a digital technology. Mongol horses were fast and flexible in a battlefield. By taking advantage of such strong points, Mongol troops were able to disappear into a steppe swiftly after making a surprise attack. An agrarian society's troops had difficulty to chase such Mongol forces. An agrarian society's horses were not accustomed to riding and running for long distances and furthermore were difficult to escape from their farmland over the long haul. (To be continued in Part 3 in next month issue)

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