able.” A few days prior to the fo­rum, the Chi­nese govern­ment is­sued of­fi­cial guide­lines on pro­mot­ing a “green” Belt and Road and in­ter­mesh­ing the sus­tain­able con­cept with the en­tire im­ple­men­ta­tion process, by in­cor­po­rat­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment, green prod­uct stan­dards, and cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Erik Sol­heim, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the UN En­vi­ron­ment and un­der-sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the United Na­tions, com­mended China’s “green” ef­forts. “The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive should ex­pe­dite the in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity of green de­vel­op­ment con­cepts and in­fra­struc­ture,” Sol­heim told China To­day on the side­lines of the Belt and Road Fo­rum. He went on to talk about the ini­tia­tive’s in­flu­ence on the

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