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Belt and Road forum 2019

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China Belt and Road project: "Today China is proposing a new form of global governance"

Belt and Road forum: China's 'project of the century' hits tough times

As China fetes its Belt and Road initiative at a summit this week, Chinese officials will be working hard to defend the flagship project from growing international criticism.

The three-day forum starting on Thursday is meant to promote Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s “project of the century”, a foreign policy initiative launched in 2013 to revive ancient trading routes between Asia and Europe, as well as build new links in the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

But in contrast to its first summit two years ago, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) takes place in a much less welcoming environment. Critics say the initiative is an effort to cement Chinese influence around the world by financially binding countries to Beijing by way of “debt trap diplomacy”.

“The ‘Belt and Road initiative’ (BRI) is not a geopolitical tool but a platform for cooperation,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said last week, ahead of the forum “We welcome all parties to take part in it.”

This week’s event is especially important for Beijing, which uses the forum as a way to convince the international community, as well as its own citizens, of the success of the project.

Beijing is likely to laud the memoranda of understanding signed at the event, which will conclude with a joint communique.

Xi calls for collaboration on shared growth

The Leaders' Roundtable Summit at the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) is held on April 27 in Beijing. [Photo/CGTN]

China hopes to work together with other countries to build the Belt and Road with high quality to benefit all sides and achieve common development, President Xi Jinping said Saturday.

Xi made the remarks while presiding over the Leaders' Roundtable at the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Since the first Leaders' Roundtable two years ago, China and other participant countries have pushed forward the connection of policy, infrastructure, trade, finance, and people in all respects, Xi said, adding that these efforts have injected new impetus for global economic growth.

Through hosting the second forum, China expects to further implement Belt and Road projects and bring more positive outcomes for people of all countries, Xi said.

Xi called on countries to work toward shared growth through discussion and collaboration. The countries should uphold the concepts of openness and green and clean governance to strive for sustainable growth with high standards, Xi said.

Xi's speech draws positive reactions at Second Belt and Road Forum

Editor's note: President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Friday.

Here is a collection of comments from foreign ministers, delegates, and reporters attending the forum.

President Xi offered a vision of the Belt and Road Initiative that inspires confidence in us, especially as small island developing states.

Facing challenges such as global warming and lack of development financing, we in the Caribbean region welcome the opportunities presented by the initiative.

President Xi must be commended for his visionary leadership and his boldness in offering a new path for a brighter and shared future.

Belt and Road Forum: Young voices

With the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation underway in Beijing, we spoke to young people from different countries about their views on the Belt and Road Initiative. How has it influenced their daily lives? What is their opinion on the future cooperation between China and their nation? Click the video and find out!

Video by Lin Hanqing, Sun Weiwei & Chen Yu

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