Consultation, Contribution and Shared Benefits Further Stimulate Belt and Road Initiative
The Belt and Road Initiative is entering its fifth year in 2018. Since the very beginning, China has adopted the idea of consultation, contribution and shared benefits for the Belt and Road Initiative, and has been insisting on advancing the Initiative through cooperation, mutual development, sharing, and mutual respect. China promotes the Initiative on the premise of respecting the will of cooperating countries and seeking opportunities for cooperation and co-construction. For example, in terms of cooperation in infrastructure, China has never tried to force cooperating countries to accept Chinese technical standards or recommended technical solutions, nor has it deliberately instigated an increase in debts of the cooperating countries. On the basis of their willingness, China provides the cooperating countries with proposed technical solutions and investment and financing cooperation projects that match the actual development level of local communities, and promotes the implementation of cooperation projects with the cooperating countries, contributing the experience of China and Chinese programs.
As the Belt and Road Initiative develops, it has already made progress in its five visions of policy communication, infrastructure connectivity, trade link, capital flow, and understanding among peoples, with more and more countries, international organizations and enterprises joining in. According to the latest HSBC survey on trade prospects, the negative impact of rising trade protectionism has caused concerns among enterprises globally. However, in general, the market remains optimistic about the future due to the improving economic environment, growing consumer demand and the exciting innovations in technology and science. The economic and trade policies of these major economies are of great concern to global companies, among which the Belt and Road Initiative has garnered the highest recognition. A survey has shown that, of the more than 6,000 international companies in the 26 markets covered by the survey, most (40% of the respondent enterprises) believe that the Belt and Road Initiative by China will have a greater positive influence on enterprises around the world in next two years than any other policy or proposal in the major economies, such as ASEAN, the EU, the Middle East, Latin America, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, followed by the ASEAN 2025 Master Plan (37%) and EU Policy (35%).