Saturday, November 4, 2017

China clarification: On BRI making very little progress, AFP

Chinese Foreign Ministry Q&A

Journalists with Agence France-Presse (AFP) have been looking into the Belt and Road projects in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Thailand, the Laos and Singapore and found that lot of them are making very little progress. What is China going to do to deal with these issues? What is the overall objective of the Belt and Road Initiative?

A: I don't know how did they come to such conclusion? What is it based upon?

The main objective of China's Belt and Road Initiative is to synergize the development strategies of various countries through stronger international cooperation so as to give full play to each other's competitive strengths for win-win development. Over the past four years and so, the building of the Belt and Road has progressed smoothly with fruitful outcomes and won extensive agreement and support from the international community. A growing number of countries have engaged in the cooperation and many projects have begun generating tangible benefits to the people of the relevant countries. On November 2, the Spokesperson of the Commerce Ministry gave a briefing on the latest development of the economic and trade cooperation of the Belt and Road Initiative. He said that the economic and trade cooperation along the Belt and Road has gained prominent achievements with smooth progress and a number of major cooperation projects are speeding up in their implementation, among which are the China-Laos railway project you just mentioned, the  highways in Pakistan and the China-Russia, China-Kazakhstan and China-Myanmar oil and gas pipelines projects.

The Belt and Road Initiative is an open and inclusive cooperation initiative that gives a primary role to enterprises and follows market operation under the guidance of government. It is a long-term undertaking that calls for the joint effort of various parties, but not a uniform campaign like group callisthenics, and the progress of specific projects depend on the will for cooperation of the participants and accords with the objective laws of economic cooperation. The report of the 19th CPC National Congress made important plans for promoting the international cooperation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the building of the Belt and Road has been written into the CPC constitution, which fully demonstrates China's determination of and confidence in firmly promoting the international cooperation of the Belt and Road Initiative. China will continue to deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation with relevant parties with the principle of wide consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits and in the silkroad spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. This will never waver or change.

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