Top Belt, Road col­lab­o­ra­tors ranked

Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan lead list of 64 based on in­dex of coun­tries’ per­for­mance in five key sec­tors

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By WANG YIQING wangy­iqing@chi­

Rus­sia and Kaza­khstan rank first and sec­ond on a list of 64 coun­tries and re­gions co­op­er­at­ing with China in it’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased on Fri­day.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive Big Data Re­port 2016 an­a­lyzed five as­pects of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the 64 coun­tries — pol­icy com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­nec­tiv­ity, trade, fi­nance and pub­lic sup­port — and as­signed an in­dex num­ber based on the com­pre­hen­sive find­ings.

Rus­sia and Kaza­khstan are re­garded as “highly” co­op­er­a­tive with China. Thai­land, Pak­istan and In­done­sia oc­cupy the third, fourth and fifth slots.

The re­port was writ­ten by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive Big Data Cen­ter at the State In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter. Based on more than 300 bil­lion pieces of in­for­ma­tion col­lected by ma­jor sta­tis­ti­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­ter­net chan­nels in all 64 coun­tries and re­gions, the re­port makes a com­pre­hen­sive assess­ment of the ini­tia­tive’s de­vel­op­ment.

“The re­port pro­vides a new vi­sion and a new an­gle to demon­strate de­vel­op­ment of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to the pub­lic,” said Tian Jinchen, di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Western Re­gion De­vel­op­ment of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion.

But China’s co­op­er­a­tion with 32 coun­tries, or half the over­all num­ber, “needs to be en­hanced,” ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

It said there’s huge space for deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and coun­tries along the route in the next stage.

Do­mes­ti­cally, Guang­dong, Zhe­jiang, Shang­hai, Tian­jin and Fu­jian are top five prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties re­garded as “highly par­tic­i­pat­ing” in the ini­tia­tive among 31 na­tion­wide.

The par­tic­i­pa­tion de­gree in eastern coastal ar­eas is no­tably higher than in north­west­ern and south­east­ern re­gions, the re­port said.

It found that for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment into coun­tries along the ini­tia­tive routes showed good mo­men­tum, with 81.7 per­cent of the prov­inces and re­gions’ FDI higher than $1 bil­lion, while 77.42 per­cent of the prov­inces and re­gions’ had FDI growth greater than 20 per­cent.

“In­stead of mak­ing a judg­ment, the re­port aims to pro­vide a ref­er­ence sys­tem for the de­gree of par­tic­i­pa­tion, to help lo­cal ar­eas im­prove,” said Du Ping, ex­ec­u­tive deputy di­rec­tor of the State In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

The re­port said in­ter­na­tional ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and places along the ini­tia­tive routes draws wide global at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially in five in­dus­tries— au­to­mo­biles, con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, iron and steel, rail­ways and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

“I sug­gest the an­nual re­port should fo­cus more on strate­gic in­dexes, such as con­tri­bu­tion de­gree of joint de­vel­op­ment,” said Zhai Kun, pro­fes­sor at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity’s School of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies.

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