BRI’s strong vitality wins high praise
Successful Results Reflect President Xi’s Vision of a “Common Dream for a Better Life”
On October 3, 2013, President Xi Jinping offered to build the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road during a speech in the Indonesian parliament. A month earlier, he had proposed the strategic framework for the construction of the economic belt of the Silk Road.
The Belt and Road Initiative, as the two are called together, has become the most valued international public good and the largest platform for international cooperation over the past eight years. As of 23 August, more than 200 cooperation agreements with 172 countries, regions and organizations had been signed under the BRI.
As the world grapples with the combined impacts of changes not seen in a century and the COVID-19 pandemic, the BRI has demonstrated strong vitality and creativity and will continue to provide momentum for the global economic recovery. and contribute to global sustainable development, observers said.
Xie Fuzhan, president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the construction of the Belt and Road, which aims for the common development and prosperity of all, has brought concrete benefits to countries and regions along the roads.
The results of the past eight years have shown that the BRI is in line with the trend of the times, the law of development and the interests of all countries, thus enjoying broad prospects, Xie said at a seminar in September. .
Statistics from the Ministry of Commerce show that from 2013 to 2020, the volume of merchandise trade between China and BRI participating countries exceeded $ 9.2 trillion. China’s foreign direct investment in participating countries has reached $ 136 billion and 330,000 local jobs have been created thanks to BRI programs invested by Chinese companies.
“Thanks to the BRI, East Africa now has its first highway, the Maldives have built its first inter-island bridge, Kazakhstan is connected to the sea, South-East Asia is building a railway. at high speed and Eurasia (region) benefits. longest-distance freight train service, ”Cong Peiwu, China’s Ambassador to Canada, said in June.
The successful results reflect President Xi’s comments at a welcome banquet in honor of guests attending the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in 2017.
“The Belt and Road initiative embodies our common dream for a better life. The initiative weaves the dreams of different countries and peoples into a common vision. We will work to translate this vision into reality and provide more happiness and well-being. to our people, ”Xi said.
Despite the pandemic, China’s outbound non-financial direct investment in 58 BRI participating countries rose 18.3% to $ 17.79 billion in 2020, and none of the key projects involved in the BRI have been suspended due to COVID-19, according to Chinese authorities.
The Belt and Road is also emerging as a health model to protect the safety and well-being of people, as BRI participating countries helped each other to effectively alleviate the shortage of medical supplies amid the crisis. pandemic.
As of May, China had offered pandemic assistance to more than 120 BRI partners and provided vaccines to more than 90. The China-Europe freight train, a major part of the BRI, had carried a total of 11 , 05 million items of medical equipment. at the end of March, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Xu Xiujun, a researcher at the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that the principles of BIS cooperation － openness, inclusion and transparency － and deep consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, have been highlighted in the midst of the pandemic.
“Countries are increasingly aware that humanity is a community of destiny, and the BRI is one of the important platforms to build this community,” said Xu.
As President Xi has repeatedly said, the BRI is a public road open to all, and all interested countries are welcome to cooperate and share its benefits.
Speaking by video link at the opening ceremony of the annual Boao Forum for Asia conference in April, Xi said that in the future, China will continue to work with other parties. within the framework of a high quality “Belt and Road” cooperation.
“We will follow the principles of deep consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and uphold the philosophy of open, green and clean cooperation, with the aim of making high-level Belt and Road cooperation, focused on people and sustainable, ”he said. .
Luo Zhaohui, chairman of China’s International Development Cooperation Agency, said China’s foreign aid will make further contributions to the joint construction of the Belt and Road.
China’s international development cooperation will continue to prioritize the countries involved in the BRI and give stronger momentum, greater space and better pathways to the construction of the Belt and Road to make it an important “propeller” for global sustainable development, Luo said at the press conference. Sustainable Development Forum 2021 on September 27.
Nadia Helmy, professor of political science at Egyptian Beni-Suef University and expert on Chinese politics, told CRI Online that, thanks to the BRI, China offers a new way to achieve international business prosperity and deepen regional cooperation, thus making the globalization process more inclusive.
The BRI is a historic initiative and a path to win-win cooperation, she said.