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30 leaders reaffirm their commitment to Belt and Road

30 leaders reaffirm their commitment to Belt and Road

Yu Jianhua, vice minister of commerce, met with the heads of worldwide organizations, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), on Monday and signed agreements with them on behalf of the Chinese government.

Leaders from 29 countries are attending the forum, which China formally calls the scheme in English the Belt and Road initiative.

The meeting included Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and presidents or prime ministers from Italy, Hungary, Greece, Kenya and most of China's Asian neighbours but no major Western leaders.

China on Monday dismissed India's concerns over its Belt and Road initiative, saying the mega venture has broad global support and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which is a part of it, will not affect Beijing's stand on Kashmir.

China's "new Silk Road" initiative aims to link the economies of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa-but Beijing would really like the United States to get on board.

CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Tuesday suggested aligning the Belt and Road Initiative with the European Investment Plan in order to inject new momentum into China-EU ties.

The speech built on an image of Xi as a champion of global free trade that he has sought to hone since US President Donald Trump's election, most notably in a January speech in Davos, Switzerland.

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She and her entourage also participated discussions on topics such as policy synergy for closer partnership, closer people-to-people bonds, and cooperation for interconnected developments.

Pakistan and China launched a comprehensive cooperation plan under the BRI when President Xi visited the South Asian country in 2015.

"We hope to translate consensus into action and achieve fresh outcomes in practical cooperation", he said.

"This is an important lesson that can be drawn from the global financial crisis and is still very relevant to the development of the world economy today", he said. He urged Xi called for governments to pursue "greater openness and cooperation" and "reject protectionism". "East Africa is working with China to develop a standard gauge railway project from Mombasa in Kenya through Uganda to Rwanda and potentially to Burundi and DR Congo", Kayonga said.

The Belt and Road initiative includes a maze of roads and port projects.

The Prime Minister said it is imperative that "we appreciate the "Belt and Road" initiative in its proper perspective of interconnected development". It also reffered to Xi's remarks in which, while skirting any references to India's absence at the meeting, he had said, "All countries should respect each other's sovereignty, dignity and territorial integrity, each other's development paths and social systems, and each other's cores interests and major concerns".

Aziz also praised the Chinese leadership for proposing the BRI.


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