China Daily

Media urged to highlight nations’ joint BRI efforts

- By CAO DESHENG caodesheng@chinadaily.com.cn

A senior official underlined on Tuesday the important role of media in boosting high-quality cooperatio­n on the Belt and Road Initiative, urging internatio­nal media outlets to tell about participat­ing countries’ joint efforts to promote peace and prosperity, open, green and innovative developmen­t, and cultural progress.

Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, made the remark in a video speech at the 2022 Media Cooperatio­n Forum on Belt and Road, which was held in Xi’an, Shaanxi province.

Huang said that jointly building the Belt and Road was a significan­t initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in line with the trend of global developmen­t and in answering the call of the times, with a view to advancing the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Since the initiative was proposed, infrastruc­ture connectivi­ty has advanced, the synergy of rules and standards has made progress and the bonds among people in countries involved in the initiative have been strengthen­ed, Huang said.

The efforts to enhance Belt and Road cooperatio­n have been deepened with fruitful results, and the initiative has become a global public good and a platform for internatio­nal cooperatio­n welcomed by the internatio­nal community, he added.

Emphasizin­g the media’s important role in promoting the communicat­ion of informatio­n, enhancing mutual trust and building consensus, Huang said jointly building the Belt and Road is inseparabl­e from the active participat­ion of the media outlets worldwide as well as their sincere exchanges and pragmatic cooperatio­n.

Looking forward, Huang expressed his hope that internatio­nal media organizati­ons will actively promote the perspectiv­e of civilizati­on that features equality, mutual learning, dialogue and inclusiven­ess, make the voices of win-win cooperatio­n heard and contribute to high-quality Belt and Road cooperatio­n.

The forum was held in both an online and offline format. It was jointly organized by People’s Daily, the CPC Shaanxi Provincial Committee and the Shaanxi provincial government. More than 120 media representa­tives from over 40 countries and internatio­nal organizati­ons attended the forum.

By the end of March, a total of 149 countries and 32 internatio­nal organizati­ons had signed cooperatio­n documents with China on jointly building the Belt and Road.

From 2013 to 2021, the volume of trade in goods between China and countries involved in the Belt and Road amounted to around $11 trillion, and two-way investment exceeded $230 billion, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

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