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today's focus- friends of the Belt and Road

Updated: 2017-02-23 Source:Radio Guangdong's English Service Author:intern

Welcome to Today’s Focus, this is Hazza.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping first introduced the Belt and Road initiative to the world 3 years ago, with the aim of building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

 

Since then, more than 100 countries and international organizations have given their warm responses to the initiative, and over 40 countries and organizations have signed cooperation agreements with China. This circle of friends is continuously growing.

 

 

As with any circle of friends, gathering together to discuss and exchange ideas amongst one another is always important. That’s why Guangdong Radio and Television decided to host a Chinese New Year celebration party entitled ‘Friends of the Belt and Road,’ inviting representatives from 30  consulates in Guangzhou. Consul-generals attending the vent also shared their opinions about the Belt and Road initiative from the perspective of their countries.

 


Royal Thai Consul General

Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng

 

The One Belt One Road initiative is very good indeed, especially China’s foreign policies, enhancing ties with countries along the Maritime Silk Road, I think it is very fitting. Thailand is one of those countries and the Thai people fully support this initiative. This initiative will bring many benefits to countries around the world, especially ASEAN members.

 

 


Peruvian Consul General

David Guillermo Gamarra

 

 

It's a very interesting initiative, because it's linking historical experiences, but also expecting the future, so that's very interesting, let's see how it works, I think it's working well. I think we will see great benefits from it.

 



Ecuadorian Consul General

Erika Mariella Molina Rodriguez

China's "initiative" is not only involving the countries here in Asia, but also involving the countries from Latin America. Even though Ecuador is far away from here, there are many countries in the whole of Asia, Africa, Europe and that's very connective. Right now, no matter the distance, it matters how connected we are. And globalization is a very important thing, involving everybody.

 



Greek Consul General

Grigorios Tassiopoulos

I think it's a very great initiative, because this connects people, connects citizens, connects economics, brings us together in a peaceful and a very constructive way.

 

 



Turkish Consul General

Batu Kesmen

This is one of the most strategic projects of China, but not just for China, but also for other countries, which are located along the "One Belt And One Road", and Turkey is one of the most important countries on the route. Turkey is located between Europe and Asia, that's why we have a special place and location. And we believe (because of) the geographical location, Turkey will bring many contributions to the "One Belt And One Road" project and initiative.

 



Belgium Consul General

Joris Salden

 

I think I will be interested in the initiative of commercial cultural exchange between different people, so definitely it’s a great initiative.

 

 


Laos Vice Consul

Soubanh

 

Laos is an ASEAN member, and a neighbor to China, our government fully supports the One Belt One Road initiative. In recent years, along with Laos supporting President Xi’s initiative, we have seen cooperation between our countries grow, including the construction of a rail network between the two countries, connecting Kunming with Vientiane. Laos is a landlocked country; therefore our government is very active in promoting the construction of rail links, making Laos a hub for transport amongst ASEAN nations, in devotion to the support of unimpeded trade links.

 

China plans to host a Belt and Road forum for international cooperation in Beijing this May to brainstorm interconnected development, Chinese President Xi Jinping announcedin a keynote speech at the opening session of the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in January.

 

The Belt and Road Initiative should help promote policy coordination, infrastructure connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and mutual understandings among the people.The Belt and Road can be seen as an opportunity to promote transnational interconnection, improve trade and investment cooperation, advance cooperation in terms of international capacity and equipment manufacturing to rebalance and stabilize the world economy.

 

China calls for the steady advancement of the country's Belt and Road Initiative to benefit people along the routes and this circle of friends growing bigger and bigger.