If you look back from the end of world war 2 to the colonial world you will see largely speaking empires dictated trades with their colonies in ways that made the empire larger but however accidentally did so at the expense of the colony - what we might call zero-sum trade. This got wosre the more already big nations needed more carbon fuels.
Every sustained development of an economy in the far east : japan (to number 2 economy in world by 1970 from rubble of world war defeat in 1946), south korea, singapore and china diaspora superports, mainland china and asean has been post-colonial needing win-wins in the trading maps. Today, all over the world we are spending 1000 times more on technologies of virtual connectivity all over the world but the west big nations have invested anything much in updating real infrastructure so that small enterprises out of every comunity can trade.
What we hope elders in developed nations will see is:
1 everyone needs to experiment with making the sorts of maps outlined above -see eg world record job creator ian goldin 1 at oxford
2 you dont have to use the name "belt road" but it would be surprsising if china and the east dont have some of the most exciting examples to benchmark as this is how they have sustainably grown the East
3 the half of the world under 30 will only become the sustainability generation if we massively collaborate- the huge advantage going forward is that learning solutions multiply value in use , exactly opposite to the way that consuming up things focused solely on competition
It is true that since 2012 China has enjoyed a leader xi jinping whose deveotion to developing his peoples his unlike any national leader that I can think of. Jinping has promised poverty will be ended during his tenure - by 2020. In china poverty is in landlocked western regions. The only way these will ever develoip is by buildimng corridors with other nations to ports and/or redesigning the ovelalnd silk raods that used to make the whole of asia and europe one world trade markets for small enetrprsies to celebrate the best of every local produce. While some belt corriidors require long term investment in new rialways and ports, it turns out that connecting china all the way to madrid in Europe mainly required cooperative innovation. This Chian express developed the idea of dry ports to a nde standard of excellemnce- at every national border where railway guages chnaged, the goal became unloading and relaoding trains of containers as efficiently as possible. The good thing about such junctions is they become perfect opportunities for youth on each side of the border to celebrate each other and the new trades, cultures, langiages that interact.