Belt and Road In Ac­tion

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Con­cept by China Pic­to­rial

Dur­ing Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s visit to Kaza­khstan in Septem­ber 2013, he first pro­posed build­ing the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt. In Oc­to­ber of the same year, Pres­i­dent Xi pro­posed con­struct­ing the 21st-cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road dur­ing a visit to In­done­sia. These two pro­pos­als are now known to­gether as the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. The Ini­tia­tive in­jects Chi­nese wis­dom into ef­forts aim­ing at com­mon pros­per­ity and even global de­vel­op­ment.

Over the past three years, fol­low­ing the prin­ci­ples of ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion, joint con­tri­bu­tion and shared ben­e­fits, the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive has been wel­comed by coun­tries from around the world. Al­ready, more than 100 coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have par­tic­i­pated within the frame­work of the Ini­tia­tive, and more than 40 coun­tries along the routes have signed co­op­er­a­tive agree­ments with China. More­over, China has car­ried out in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion with nearly 30 coun­tries. Fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tion projects, rep­re­sented by the Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank and the Silk Road Fund, con­tinue to ex­pand, and sev­eral flag­ship projects un­der the Ini­tia­tive have al­ready been com­pleted.

The Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion will be held in Bei­jing from May 14 to 15, 2017. This will be the high­est-pro­file in­ter­na­tional meet­ing re­lated to the Ini­tia­tive since China first pro­posed it in 2013. The fo­rum is ex­pected to pro­duce co­opera- tive agree­ments be­tween China and nearly 20 coun­tries as well as more than 20 in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

To wel­come the up­com­ing Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, we have se­lected 10 sto­ries about rel­e­vant bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion that has re­sulted in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of land­mark projects un­der the frame­work of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. From pol­icy, in­fra­struc­ture, trade and fi­nan­cial in­te­gra­tion to peo­pleto-peo­ple bonds, each tale vividly

il­lus­trates how new op­por­tu­ni­ties and roads to pros­per­ity have been cre­ated by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. The fo­cus on build­ing a com­mu­nity of shared in­ter­ests and fu­ture is the soul of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, and also per­fectly em­bod­ies the core value of “har­mony” at the heart of Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion it­self.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive refers to the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and the 21st- Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road. The Ini­tia­tive in­jects Chi­nese wis­dom into work aim­ing at com­mon pros­per­ity. This photo shows the Dire Dawa re­gion of the new Ethiopia- Dji­bouti rail­way. by Qin Bin

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