BEIJING, March 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Since it began
operating in December 2021, the
China-Laos Railway, a flagship Belt and Road cooperation project,
has brought great benefits to the people of Laos and opened up a new path for the nation's
development and prosperity.
"Laos and China joined hands to build the railway,
develop and deepen our friendship, and also developed our economy
in Laos, especially cargo
transportation," said Pansay Yiayengva, a conductor at the railway
station in the Lao capital Vientiane.
Bearing in mind that "no person or country can thrive in
isolation," China champions an
open economy and promotes balanced, inclusive and sustainable
growth to enable the world to share development opportunities.
Pledging efforts to promote the building of a community with a
shared future for mankind, Chinese President Xi Jinping said
China's development benefits the
world and China cannot develop in
isolation from the rest of the world, when addressing the closing
meeting of the first session of the 14th National People's Congress
on March 13.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proposed by Xi in 2013 has
become one of the most popular international platforms for global
Within the BRI's framework, Indonesia's intercity Jakarta-Bandung
High-Speed Railway, the first of its kind in the ASEAN region, has
started trial operations.
Also, Cambodia's first-ever
Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, Croatia's Peljesac Bridge and Pakistan's Karot Hydropower project are in
"I hope there will be more opportunities to cooperate with
China," said former Croatian
President Ivo Josipovic.
Besides, China has established
various platforms to reach overseas companies, such as the China
International Import Expo (CIIE), the China International Consumer
Products Expo and the China International Fair for Trade in
Data from the Ministry of Commerce shows that at last November's
CIIE, tentative deals worth $73.52
billion were reached for one-year purchases of goods and
services, up 3.9 percent year on year.
The fifth CIIE attracted enterprises from 127 countries and
regions, as well as 69 national governments and international
At the CIIE, Xi announced a series of measures, including
advancing the construction of pilot free trade zones and the Hainan
Free Trade Port, further trimming the negative lists for foreign
investment, and expanding the liberation of telecommunications,
healthcare and other sectors.
"Today, the CIIE has become a showcase of China's new development paradigm, a platform
for high-standard opening up, and a public good for the whole
world," Xi said at the opening ceremony of the fifth CIIE.
For a better world
On various occasions in the past decade, the Chinese president
has underlined joint efforts to forge a new model of international
relations, which features mutual respect, equity and justice, and
win-win cooperation, and building a community with a shared future
China has been working together
with the rest of the world to safeguard true multilateralism,
maintain stable global supply chains, facilitate free trade and
investment, and pursue green and low-carbon development.
China's vision is "based on the
desire for broad, inclusive international cooperation," said
Oleg Timofeev, an associate
professor at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia.
China is a major troop
contributor and the second-largest financial contributor to UN
peacekeeping operations, and has set up an 8,000-strong
peacekeeping standby force.
What's more, China is helping
many African countries, such as Mozambique, develop modern agriculture with
the help of the China-developed
BeiDou Navigation Satellite System and unmanned equipment.
At the opening ceremony of CPC in Dialogue with World Political
Parties High-Level Meeting on March
15, Xi proposed the Global Civilization Initiative, calling
for respect for diversity of civilizations, advocating the common
values of humanity, highly valuing the inheritance and innovation
of civilizations, and jointly advocating robust international
people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.
As Xi said at the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit in 2016,
"All countries, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, must
treat each other as equals. We need to help each other achieve
sound development as we work to ensure our own development. The
world will be a better place only when everyone is better off."