Last Thursday, Xi Jinping sent a letter to the attendees of the High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation.
His message: We’re (still) all in this together.
Xi said that COVID-19 showed the importance of global cooperation (MoFA):
- “Humanity cannot succeed without solidarity, cooperation and multilateralism. The right approach to tackling global crises and realizing long-term development is through greater connectivity, openness and inclusiveness.”
- “This is where Belt and Road international cooperation can make a big difference
- “China will work with its partners to develop the Belt and Road into a model of cooperation for meeting challenges through unity, a model of health for protecting people’s safety and well-being, a model of recovery for restoring economic and social activity, and a model of growth for unlocking development potential.”
Get smart: For Xi, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to keep his signature foreign policy initiative fresh and relevant by shoehorning virus prevention and economic recovery efforts into the BRI framework.
Get smarter: China is also looking to position itself as a responsible defender of multilateralism at a time when the global order is coming under tremendous strain.