Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, November 18th Topic: Building a Path of Opportunity to Common Prosperity-A Review of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s Plan to Promote the Joint Construction of the “Belt and Road”
Xinhua News Agency reporters An Bei, Xie Xiyao, Warm
This is a strategic decision to push the wheel of history towards a bright goal——
In the autumn of 2013, General Secretary Xi Jinping went west to Kazakhstan and south to Indonesia, and successively proposed major initiatives to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Under the personal planning, deployment, and promotion of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the “One Belt One Road” initiative, a major international cooperation initiative rooted in the profound soil of history and conforming to the general trend of the times, has gone deep and solidly, steadily and far-reaching, and has become a high-quality development. Promote the construction of an important practice platform for a community with a shared future for mankind, and open up a path of opportunity for all countries to achieve common prosperity.
Draw a blueprint and propose a Chinese plan to promote common prosperity in the world
This is the South Square of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) taken on November 9. The 4th China International Import Expo will be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) from November 5th to 10th.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wu Huiwo
In early November this year, Shanghai, the 4th China International Import Expo came as scheduled.
“China will promote high-quality joint construction of the’Belt and Road’, so that more countries and people can obtain development opportunities and benefits.” General Secretary Xi Jinping conveyed to the world the strong voice of China’s determination to expand opening up and cooperate with the world to achieve win-win results.
At the trade and investment matchmaking conference held during the 4th CIIE, more than 1,000 Chinese and foreign companies reached over 200 cooperation intentions. Among them, the co-construction of the “Belt and Road” countries have received a large number of orders, once again confirming the general trend of win-win cooperation.
Since the “Belt and Road Initiative” was put forward, the world has sought development opportunities and gathered consensus on cooperation amidst major changes unseen in a century. Under the personal planning, deployment, and promotion of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” has moved from tamping foundations, pillars and beams to grounding and lasting development, from drawing a “big freehand brushwork” to drawing meticulously. The exquisite “meticulous painting” has embarked on a bright road of high-quality construction.
In 8 years, about 3000 days and nights, the seed of a dream has grown into a lush tree that promotes global cooperation.
As of November 2021, my country has signed more than 200 cooperation documents for the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” with 140 countries and 32 international organizations; signed third-party market cooperation documents with 14 countries including Japan and Italy; written relevant cooperation concepts and propositions Entered into the outcome documents of important international mechanisms such as the United Nations, the Group of Twenty, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The international influence and attractiveness of cooperation of the “Belt and Road” are constantly being released.
“The joint construction of the’Belt and Road’ is becoming a Chinese plan for my country to participate in global open cooperation, improve the global economic governance system, promote common global development and prosperity, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.” General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out.
Back to September 2013, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. “My hometown, Shaanxi, is located at the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Standing here, looking back on history, I seem to hear the sound of camel bells echoing in the mountains and see the lonely smoke flying in the desert.” General Secretary Xi Jinping’s emotions Words, let the ancient Silk Road radiate new vitality through the millennium.
Less than a month later, the country of a thousand islands. In his speech at the Indonesian National Assembly, General Secretary Xi Jinping proposed the joint construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
The joint construction of the “Belt and Road” is General Secretary Xi Jinping’s response to the “questions of the times” facing the world with a view of the times, focusing on the general trend of the times.
In May 2017, at the first “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit Forum, General Secretary Xi Jinping said: “This initiative stems from my observation and thinking about the world situation.”
“Today, when countries are dependent on each other and global challenges continue to emerge, it is difficult for a single country to be alone, nor can it solve the problems facing the world.” “We can draw wisdom and strength from the ancient Silk Road and cooperate in peace. The Silk Road spirit of openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefit and win-win advances cooperation and jointly opens up brighter prospects.”
Rooted in history, facing the future; originating from China, opportunities and achievements belong to the world.
This is an aerial photograph of the Lotus TV Tower in Colombo, Sri Lanka by drone (photographed on April 10, 2019). The Colombo Lotus TV Tower is an important cooperation project between China and Sri Lanka in the construction of the “Belt and Road”.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Guo Lei
This is a pioneering work of human civilization through consultation, joint construction and sharing, and a successful practice of Oriental wisdom seeking solutions for global development——
The “Belt and Road” runs through the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa, with an active East Asian economic circle on one end, a developed European economic circle on the other, and hinterland countries with huge potential in the middle, which are open to all partners. Develop interconnectivity in this region, increase the level of trade and investment cooperation, promote international cooperation in production capacity and equipment manufacturing, and conform to the requirements of the times and the desire of various countries to accelerate development. It has a profound historical and cultural foundation and provides countries with a huge inclusiveness. The development platform combines the fast-growing Chinese economy with the interests of countries along the route.
This is a positive response to uphold a strategic vision, establish a global vision, and grasp the course in a major change unseen in the world in a century-
Taking the “Belt and Road Initiative” as a practical platform to promote the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind, focusing on my country’s reform, opening up and long-term development, conforms to the Chinese nation’s long-held philosophy of universal harmony, and conforms to the Chinese people’s view of a harmonious world. The joint construction of the “Belt and Road” is not only economic cooperation, but also an important way to improve the global development model and global governance, and promote the healthy development of economic globalization.
How to better promote the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, General Secretary Xi Jinping thought deeply and planned far-reaching. In the past 8 years, he has presided over conferences to study the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road plan, initiated the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk Road Fund; presided over the collective study of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee, summing up historical experience, and setting the new situation. During his overseas visits and domestic inspections, he personally cared about promoting the construction of major projects of the “Belt and Road” and called for high-quality joint construction of the “Belt and Road” on multilateral and international occasions.
In the past eight years, two work forums have been far-sighted and focused to draw a blueprint for the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”.
August 17, 2016, the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. General Secretary Xi Jinping attended the symposium on advancing the construction of the “Belt and Road” and delivered an important speech, pointing out the direction and clarifying the key points for the construction of the “Belt and Road”.
“Focus on policy communication, facility connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial connectivity, and people-to-people connections, focus on building mutually beneficial cooperation networks, new cooperation models, and diversified cooperation platforms, and focus on jointly building a green silk road, a healthy silk road, an intellectual silk road, and peace The Silk Road will be grasped with the spirit of nailing nails, step by step to advance the construction of the’Belt and Road’, so that the construction of the’Belt and Road’ will benefit the people of all countries along the route.”
On August 27, 2018, at the critical moment of the 5th anniversary of the “Belt and Road” construction, General Secretary Xi Jinping attended the 5th anniversary symposium to promote the construction of the “Belt and Road” and put forward new requirements for the next stage of work:
“We must make every effort to make progress, and on the basis of maintaining a healthy and healthy development momentum, we will promote the transition from the joint construction of the’Belt and Road’ to high-quality development.”
In the past eight years, China has hosted two “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit Forums. General Secretary Xi Jinping has in-depth exchanges with guests from various countries and international organizations, laying a solid foundation for promoting high-quality co-construction of the “Belt and Road” and serving more countries and people. Create development opportunities.
Policy communication is stronger, facility connectivity is more efficient, trade is smoother, capital is more accommodating, and people’s hearts are more connected… An extraordinary development process has been passed, and countries and regions along the route have more visions for a better future, and the “Belt and Road” has gained More and more countries, international organizations, companies and individuals are responding with support and moving towards a better future.
Actions speak louder than words to help the global fight against the epidemic and economic recovery
On April 20, the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia 2021 Annual Conference was held in Boao, Hainan.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhou Jiayi
In April, Boao, Hainan, was full of vitality and warmth.
“The’Belt and Road’ is a sunny avenue for everyone to move forward hand in hand.” “To build the’Belt and Road’ together pursues development, advocates win-win, and conveys hope”… General Secretary Xi Jinping opens at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 The keynote speech at the ceremony resonated.
The 2021 Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia has the theme of “Great Changes in the World: Participating in Global Governance, Ensemble the Strong Voice of the “Belt and Road””, releasing a clear signal of high-quality co-construction of the “Belt and Road”.
Faced with the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the “Belt and Road Initiative” has shown strong resilience and surging vitality, injecting valuable power into countries to fight the epidemic, restore the economy, and improve people’s livelihood and well-being, and cast a light on the world shrouded by the epidemic.
On November 17, staff transported the seventh batch of COVID-19 vaccine aided by China to Cambodia at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia. Issued by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Pian Long)
Close to the bonds of destiny, and co-construct the “Belt and Road” countries to create a “healthy silk road” to cohesive force in the fight against the epidemic——
In the critical period of the global fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the “Healthy Silk Road” is of great significance to the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” countries to help each other and fight the epidemic together.
Be prepared for danger in times of peace, and take precautions. As early as June 2016, General Secretary Xi Jinping made a speech at the Legislative Yuan of the Supreme Council of Uzbekistan and proposed to join hands to build a green, healthy, intellectual and peaceful Silk Road. This gives important connotations to the “Belt and Road” international cooperation.
On February 23, staff transported vaccines at Cairo International Airport in Egypt. The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine aided by China to Egypt arrived in Cairo early in the morning, and the COVID-19 vaccine aided by the Arab League Secretariat also arrived on the same plane.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wu Huiwo
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, countries that have jointly built the “Belt and Road” have supported each other and forged a “bond of destiny” that unites to fight the epidemic and develop together. my country has provided more than 1.7 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 110 countries and international organizations, most of which are co-constructed “Belt and Road” countries. Initiated the “One Belt One Road” vaccine partnership initiative with more than 30 countries.
Sharing development opportunities, deepening economic, trade and investment cooperation, and injecting lasting impetus into the recovery of the world economy——
“Wherever the Chang’an is opened, we will expand our business.” Yuan Chaohui is the founder of a cross-border e-commerce company in the Shaanxi Free Trade Zone. The “Chang’an” of the China-Europe Railway Express in his mouth has become the “golden channel” along the Silk Road Economic Belt.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, shipping has been blocked and freight rates have been high. With its stable and efficient advantages, China-Europe Express has grown against the trend and has played an important role in the stability of the global industrial chain and supply chain.
The China-Europe Express has achieved thousands of trains per month and tens of thousands of trains per year. As of the end of October 2021, 73 operating routes have been laid to reach 175 cities in 23 European countries, and more than 46,000 trains have been opened. It has become the “main artery” of international trade across the Eurasian continent, demonstrating the “Belt and Road” initiative. Strong resilience and vitality.
The China-Europe train from Xi’an to Barcelona is waiting to depart at Xinzhu Station in Xi’an (photographed on April 8, 2020).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Yibo
General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that opening up is the only way for development and progress, and it is also the key to promoting economic recovery after the epidemic. He emphasized the need to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, deepen regional economic integration, consolidate supply chains, industrial chains, data chains, and talent chains, and build an open world economy.
Facing the challenge of the epidemic, the “online silk road” and the “steel camel team” constructed by “cross-border e-commerce + China-Europe trains” connect trade and people’s hearts.
As of September 2021, my country’s total trade in goods with countries along the route has reached 10.4 trillion U.S. dollars, and non-financial direct investment in countries along the route has exceeded 130 billion U.S. dollars.
Strengthen development confidence, release the development potential of all countries, and inspire vitality for the benefit of the people of all countries along the route——
“To dig deeper into the potential”, “Promote the implementation of more cooperation projects”, “Cultivate new growth points such as health, digital, and green Silk Road”… In many “cloud diplomacy” activities, General Secretary Xi Jinping and many foreign leaders Further deepen the consensus on high-quality joint construction of the “Belt and Road”.
The driving force for the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” comes from the strong desire of the people of all countries to live a better life and the determination of all countries to seek common development.
This is the second phase of the Karakoram Highway Project in Pakistan from Mansehra to Takot on July 28, 2020. The Karakoram Highway Phase II project will extend the Sino-Pakistani Friendship Highway to the south and integrate into the south-north traffic arteries of Pakistan. Issued by Xinhua News Agency (Photo courtesy of China Communications Construction Co., Ltd.)
In July 2020, after three and a half years, the Karakoram Highway Phase II upgrade project (Hvelian-Takot section), a major transportation project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, was opened to traffic.
After the project was opened to traffic, the travel time from Haveliyan to Takot was shortened from 5.5 hours to 2 hours, and the travel time from Rekot to Khunjerab Port was shortened from 14 hours to 6 hours. Travel time and cargo transportation costs were significantly reduced. The decline has created jobs for local residents who have relied on agriculture and animal husbandry for generations, and has also revitalized local tourism resources.
As a landmark project and pilot project for the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has brought in direct investment of US$25.4 billion and created many jobs in Pakistan over the past eight years.
In the face of the sudden epidemic, the “Belt and Road” cooperation has not only failed to press the “pause button”, but has moved against the wind.
“Promoting interconnectivity and adhering to openness and inclusiveness are the only way to respond to global crises and achieve long-term development. The joint construction of the’Belt and Road’ international cooperation can play an important role.” In June 2020, General Secretary Xi Jinping was promoting In a written speech at the cooperative high-level video conference, “We are willing to work with our partners to build the “Belt and Road” into a cooperative road to unite and cope with challenges, a healthy road to safeguard people’s health and safety, and to promote economic and social recovery. Road, the road of growth that unleashes development potential”.
Facing the future to inject lasting vitality into building a community with a shared future for mankind
The world trend is mighty. Facing the future, whether to cooperate or isolate, unite or divide, hold hands or let go, human society faces major choices.
“Building a closer partnership for health cooperation”, “Building a closer partnership for connectivity”, “Building a closer partnership for green development”, “Building a closer partnership for openness and inclusiveness”…
At the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia 2021 Annual Conference, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out the direction for all parties to jointly build the “Belt and Road” with high quality.
A century of changes has been superimposed on the epidemic of the century, and the world has entered a period of turbulent change. The governance deficits, trust deficits, development deficits, and peace deficits faced by human society are increasing unabated. There is still a long way to go to achieve universal security and promote common development. At the same time, the world’s multi-polarization trend has not fundamentally changed, economic globalization has shown new resilience, and the voices for safeguarding multilateralism and strengthening communication and cooperation have become stronger.
As China embarks on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way, how to choose?
“On the new journey, we must hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation, and win-win, pursue an independent foreign policy of peace, adhere to the path of peaceful development, promote the building of a new type of international relations, promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, and promote the joint construction of the’Belt and Road.’ ‘High-quality development, with China’s new development to provide the world with new opportunities.’
On July 1, 2021, General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, grasped the trend of the times and demonstrated responsibility.
This is the Ban Nahan Mekong Bridge on the China-Laos Railway taken in Laos on July 24, 2020 (a drone photo). Issued by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Pan Longzhu)
This is a firm choice to grasp the initiative in development and reshape my country’s new advantages in international cooperation and competition——
The cooperation covers more than 50 “Belt and Road” countries and regions, the total number of railways reaching all regions (prefectures, cities) in Xinjiang, and the total number of civil airports rank first among all provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) in the country…Through the construction of the core area of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Xinjiang has become an important channel for exchanges between countries in the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, and China is an important link in opening up to the west and developing a comprehensive opening-up pattern.
In constructing a new development pattern, China will provide broader market opportunities for the co-construction of the “Belt and Road” countries, and it will also promote itself as a huge gravitational field for attracting international commodities and factor resources.
Strengthen the alignment of development strategies and policies, promote infrastructure connectivity, deepen pragmatic economic and trade investment cooperation, and build bridges for mutual learning and mutual learning among civilizations… The “14th Five-Year Plan” and the 2035 long-term goal outline are to promote the high quality of the “Belt and Road” A clear roadmap for development planning.
This is the Mozura Wind Power Station in Montenegro taken on May 1, 2018. The Montenegro Mozura Wind Power Station, a joint venture invested by Shanghai Electric Power (Malta) Holdings Co., Ltd. under China’s State Power Investment Group and the Maltese government, held a completion ceremony in the local area on November 18, 2019 and officially put it into operation.Xinhua News Agency
This is a historical opportunity for all countries to take the express train of China’s development and seek common development.
In September of this year, Chint International’s Egyptian plant increased its investment by US$4 million for the construction of the planned new plant. Since the establishment of the factory in 2017, this factory has achieved a 20-fold increase in sales, and has gradually transformed from a “production and processing base” to a “service-oriented platform”, providing more optimized smart energy solutions for local infrastructure construction and rural network transformation. plan.
Facing the tide of anti-globalization, China, which actively participates in global economic governance and promotes the construction of an open world economy, will become a stable source of power for world economic growth.
This is China’s path to solve the world’s problems and work together to meet the challenges-
Diseases, poverty, climate change… Faced with many development problems, the powerful “Belt and Road” initiative will provide important solutions for mankind.
The recently released “China United Nations Cooperation Position Paper” stated that China will continue to promote the effective integration of the “Belt and Road” initiative with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, synergize efficiency, and integrate anti-epidemic, poverty reduction, development cooperation, climate change, etc. The key work is to explore the joint construction of a healthy silk road, a green silk road, a digital silk road, and an innovative silk road, and work with all parties to achieve a bright future of win-win cooperation.
This is the Maldives-Malaysia Friendship Bridge (UAV photo) taken on August 30, 2019, which was built with China’s aid. Issued by Xinhua News Agency (photo by Wang Mingliang)
United Nations Secretary-General Guterres commented: “All countries should seize the opportunities brought about by cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.”
Over the past eight years, from initiative to practice, the “Belt and Road Initiative” has complied with the strong desire and eager expectation of all countries to share development opportunities and create a better life. It has continuously enriched the connotation of a community with a shared future for mankind, and has increasingly become a new platform for improving global governance.
Historical experience has shown that opening up brings progress, and closure will inevitably lag behind. On November 16 this year, the “Resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party’s Centuries of Struggle” was released, clearly stating that my country adheres to consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, promotes the high-quality development of the “Belt and Road”, and promotes a large number of relations along the route. Cooperation projects for national economic development and improvement of people’s livelihood, roads to peace, prosperity, openness, green roads, innovation roads, and civilized roads have made the “Belt and Road Initiative” a very popular international Public products and international cooperation platforms.
Entering a new stage of development, implementing new development concepts, and building a new development pattern, China will provide stronger impetus, greater space, and better paths for the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, and provide more new opportunities for the world.