Home­land of the Silk Road

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Trans­lated by Zhou Fu­jing, pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld)

The Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion will be held in Bei­jing on May 14 and 15, putting a global spot­light on the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and Bei­jing, China. When the Silk Road orig­i­nated in an­cient China, it was di­vided into the Silk Road on Land and the Mar­itime Silk Road for their trans­port meth­ods. As an an­cient com­mer­cial and trade route that links Asia, Africa and Europe, it bridges eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, and cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween East and West. For two mil­len­nia, peo­ple from coun­tries along the route have joined hands to re­alise an in­te­grated devel­op­ment in econ­omy, cul­ture and art, es­tab­lished friend­ships, and cre­ated a glo­ri­ous civil­i­sa­tion and rich cul­tural legacy. With fer­tile land and heav­enly oases, bound­less sea and home­land, abun­dant prod­ucts and flour­ish­ing cul­ture have wit­nessed the Silk Road’s long his­tory and its friendly ex­changes among peo­ple of dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

On Septem­ber 7, 2013, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping gave a speech at Kaza­khstan’s Nazarbayev Univer­sity, call­ing for the joint build­ing of the “Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt”; in Oc­to­ber of the same year, Xi vis­ited the ASEAN (As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian Na­tions) and pro­posed the “21st-cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road.” The two con­sti­tute the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and has be­come China’s na­tional strat­egy. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing ex­ten­sive re­sponse from coun­tries along the Belt and Road, the ideal of peace­ful and co­or­di­nated devel­op­ment through con­sul­ta­tions is in line with in­ter­ests of those and wins recog­ni­tion from them. From idea to im­ple­men­ta­tion, the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive is ad­vanc­ing in its con­struc­tion, im­prov­ing in devel­op­ment, and grow­ing in co­op­er­a­tion. The Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion aims to dis­cuss ways to boost co­op­er­a­tion, build plat­forms and share ben­e­fi­cial out­comes, while ex­plor­ing ways to ad­dress prob­lems fac­ing global and re­gional economies, cre­ate fresh en­ergy for pur­su­ing in­ter­con­nected devel­op­ment and give the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive in­flu­ence in de­liv­er­ing greater ben­e­fits to peo­ple of all coun­tries.

The Silk Road is not only a trade route, but rep­re­sents a spirit. As a plat­form for cul­tural and so­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tions, mul­ti­ple na­tion­al­i­ties, eth­nic groups, re­li­gions and cul­tures have con­verged. Coun­tries, re­gard­less of their re­li­gion or cul­ture, en­joy peace and devel­op­ment. The Silk Road Spirit— “peace and co­op­er­a­tion, open­ness and in­clu­sive­ness, mu­tual learn­ing and mu­tual ben­e­fit”—has been formed dur­ing cen­turies of ex­changes and has been passed from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

Bei­jing has made con­crete ac­tions to put the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive into prac­tice. For three years, it has been ded­i­cated to trans­form­ing it­self into a for­eign ex­change plat­form by strength­en­ing its in­ter­na­tional ex­change, a cul­tural ex­change plat­form by re­ly­ing on its cul­tural re­sources, a sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal plat­form by im­ple­ment­ing an in­no­va­tion-driven devel­op­ment strat­egy, and a ser­vice sup­port plat­form by en­larg­ing its ser­vice in­dus­try. En­ter­prises have pro­moted Bei­jing brands such as the “in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing in Bei­jing” and “Bei­jing ser­vice” to go global and demon­strated Bei­jing’s strength to the world.

The Silk Road has de­liv­ered out­comes to coun­tries in­volved for sev­eral cen­turies. To­day, the route has be­come a beau­ti­ful home­land shared by ev­ery­one, and Chi­nese and peo­ple in other coun­tries are look­ing for­ward to a brighter fu­ture brought by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. (

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