Pro­mot­ing the “Belt and Road” Ini­tia­tive through the World Expo Plat­form

China's Foreign Trade (English) - - Special Report - By Jiang Zeng­wei

The world expo is a large and high-level ex­hi­bi­tion de­signed to show­case global eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural achieve­ments. It is also an im­por­tant plat­form to dis­play a coun­try’s na­tional im­age, im­prove soft power and en­hance mul­ti­lat­eral com­mu­ni­ca­tions and co­op­er­a­tion. The Expo 2017 is sched­uled to take place be­tween June 10 and Septem­ber 10, 2017 in As­tana, Kaza­khstan. About 115 coun­tries and 20 in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the first expo to be held in Cen­tral Asia. The theme cho­sen for Expo 2017 is “Fu­ture En­ergy”, aim­ing to con­cen­trate on new en­ergy ex­plo­ration and the most ef­fi­cient, prac­ti­cal and sus­tain­able en­ergy so­lu­tions. Around five mil­lion peo­ple from all over the world are ex­pected to visit the in­ter­na­tional pavil­ions at the expo.

Kaza­khstan is one of China’s friendly neigh­bors, a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner and an im­por­tant par­tic­i­pant in the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive. It was in Kaza­khstan where Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pro­posed to build the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt back in Septem­ber 2013. The re­cent years have seen the rapid de­vel­op­ment of the two coun­try’s bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, with more fre­quent re­cip­ro­cal vis­its of se­nior of­fi­cials and en­hance­ments of mu­tual trust and co­op­er­a­tion. China’s pro­posal to build the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt is well con­nected with Kaza­khstan’s “Bright Road” eco­nomic plan and the po­ten­tial for bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion was fur­ther un­leashed. Also, the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive has en­tered a new phase of “deep in­te­gra­tion and mu­tual pro­mo­tion”. The year 2017 is the 25th an­niver­sary of China-kaza­khstan diplo­matic ties and the Year of Chi­nese Tourism in Kaza­khstan. China’s deep in­volve­ment in the Expo 2017 will un­doubt­edly fur­ther en­hance the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

Glob­ally, in­ter­na­tional en­erg y sup­ply and de­mand are un­der­go­ing big ad­just­ments; a new round of en­ergy tech­nol­ogy re­form is emerg­ing and de­vel­op­ing fast and a global en­ergy gov­er­nance mech­a­nism is tak­ing shape. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the “Belt and Road” Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion that it is im­per­a­tive to grasp the trend of en­ergy struc­tural ad­just­ment and tech­nol­ogy re­form, to build a global en­ergy net­work and de­velop green and low­car­bon en­ergy so­lu­tions. China is a large en­ergy pro­ducer and con­sumer and its en­ergy de­vel­op­ment is closely con­nected with the world en­ergy in­dus­try. China will ac­tively pro­mote the im­prove­ment of en­ergy pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion, grasp the great op­por­tu­ni­ties of the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive, de­velop en­ergy in­fras­truc­tural con­nec­tiv­ity, deeply in­te­grate with the global en­ergy sys­tem and make larger con­tri­bu­tions to global en­ergy de­vel­op­ment.

Th e Ch i n e s e g o v e r nme nt is sup­port­ive of the Expo 2017 to be held in As­tana and pays high at­ten­tion to China’s ex­hi­bi­tion prepa­ra­tion. Many lo­cal gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies in­tend to use the expo plat­form to pro­mote in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion. The Expo 2017 will see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the largest num­ber of Chi­nese prov­inces, cities and com­pa­nies. The China Pavil­ion will cover an area of 1,000 square me­ters, mak­ing it the largest for­eign pavil­ion at the expo. The China Pavil­ion will have a theme of “Fu­ture En­ergy and Green Silk Road”, and will fo­cus on the pro­mo­tion of the Silk Road spirit fea­tur­ing peace and co­op­erat ion, open­ing- up and in­clu­sive­ness, mu­tual learn­ing and trust,

and the en­hance­ment of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, to bol­ster the de­vel­op­ment of the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive. Col­or­ful ac­tiv­i­ties will be held and in­no­va­tive ex­hi­bi­tion tech­niques and at­trac­tive themed videos will be dis­played dur­ing the event.

The first is to il­lus­trate China’s green de­vel­op­ment con­cept. Green is a nec­es­sary con­di­tion for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and re­flects peo­ple’s de­mands for beau­ti­ful lives. China Pavil­ion will fol­low the theme of “The Past, To­day and Fu­ture” and use sim­ple and in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion ap­proaches to pro­mote China’s con­cepts in mod­ern­iz­ing its en­ergy sec­tor, uti­liz­ing re­new­able, pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and ad­vanc­ing sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. It will also ad­vo­cate the green, low- car­bon, re­cy­clable and sus­tain­able way of life, ad­vance the green de­vel­op­ment and eco­log­i­cal con­cepts and pro­mote coun­tries of the world to build a green Silk Road.

The sec­ond as­pect is to show­case China’s achieve­ments in in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment. In­no­va­tion is an im­por­tant force to pro­mote de­vel­op­ment and will also de­ter­mine the fu­ture of en­ergy. The China Pavil­ion will high­light nu­clear fu­sion, high-speed rail­way sim­u­lated cock­pit and fu­ture en­ergy dream work, to com­bine phys­i­cal model with vis­ual images and VR tech­niques to dis­play the ex­tra-high volt­age tech­nolo­gies of State Grid, the Hua­long pres­sur­ized re­ac­tor of CNNC and CGN, CO2 cap­ture and se­ques­tra­tion and en­ergy utiliza­tion ef­fi­ciency prac­tices by CNPC. Th­ese in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies will fur­ther high­light China’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and achieve­ments in the tran­si­tion and in­no­va­tion of its en­ergy sec­tor.

The third is to ad­vance co­op­er­a­tion of en­ergy and in­ter­na­tional ca­pac­i­ties. En­ergy and in­ter­na­tional ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion is an im­por­tant part of the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive. The China Pavil­ion will host the China- Kaza­khstan En­ergy Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum and other ac­tiv­i­ties. It will or­ga­nize for 23 prov­inces’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives and about 1,000 en­ergy com­pa­nies’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives to visit Kaza­khstan and or­ga­nize pub­lic con­fer­ences to in­crease trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion and in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­ity con­nec­tiv­ity among coun­tries in the re­gion. The fi­nal goal is to cre­ate a win-win sit­u­a­tion for the world.

The fourth is to build a plat­form to pro­mote Chi­nese cul­ture. Cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion is key to peo­ple con­nec­tiv­ity. The China Pavil­ion will host the Chi­naKaza­khstan Tourism Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum, a Qin Ter­ra­cotta War­riors and Horses Ex­hi­bi­tion, thou­sands of art per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage and cul­tural relics. It will tell Chi­nese sto­ries through var­i­ous cul­tural means, such as mar­tial arts, Pek­ing opera, lion danc­ing, tea cer­e­monies and tra­di­tional em­broi­dery, to en­hance for­eign un­der­stand­ing of China’s eco­nomic and cul­tural de­vel­op­ments and con­sol­i­date pub­lic opin­ion of the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive. Young peo­ple have be­come ma­jor force of de­vel­op­ing mu­tual friend­ship and we will choose 42 young vol­un­teers from 10 uni­ver­si­ties to par­tic­i­pate into the event and pro­mote the bi­lat­eral friend­ship.

Un­der the glob­al­iza­tion back­ground, to pro­mote the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive and green de­vel­op­ment goals car­ries for­ward the his­tor­i­cal cul­ture and draws a blue­print for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. Dur­ing the 93 days of the Expo, China will work with world gov­ern­ments to ex­plore fu­ture en­ergy so­lu­tions, an is­sue key to the sur­vival and de­vel­op­ment of mankind, share the ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies and ex­pe­ri­ences, dis­cuss the world en­ergy se­cu­rity is­sues and make fresh con­tri­bu­tions to the hu­man civ­i­liza­tions.

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