Belt and Road paving the way for a shared future
13 Nov 2023


In a rapidly globalizing world, connectivity and cooperation among nations have taken center stage, and the Belt and Road Initiative has emerged as a symbol of this vision.


Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, who proposed the initiative 10 years ago, the BRI has grown to be a key driver of global development, fostering collaboration and a global community with a shared future.


The third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held on Oct 17 and 18 in Beijing, was an essential component of the initiative. It served as a platform for dialogue, cooperation and the exchange of ideas among participating countries, facilitating a deeper understanding of the BRI's potential and the possibilities it brings for the international community.


The forum itself was a testament to China's commitment to openness and inclusivity in this global endeavor, bringing together leaders, experts and stakeholders from around the world. It also fostered discussions on the initiative's progress, identified challenges and explored opportunities.


The BRI forum is a space for envisioning the future. As the initiative continues to evolve, several key expectations can be drawn from this gathering of nations. With the leaders of different countries under one roof, there are definitely opportunities for bilateral cooperation, which strengthens the BRI and ultimately works for the betterment of a shared future.


The BRI has already made substantial progress in improving connectivity among participating countries. The eight points raised by President Xi at the forum pave the way for expanding networks and exploring new avenues for connectivity.


Sustainability is at the heart of the BRI's agenda. The forum focused on green and sustainable projects, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change. The BRI has also been instrumental in driving economic growth in various regions.


Cultural cooperation is a vital aspect of the BRI. The forum enhanced cultural exchange and understanding, providing a beacon of hope to the conflict-ridden world, guiding the way toward a brighter future.


What is the importance of the BRI for a shared future for mankind?

The Belt and Road Initiative is not just about economic projects. It's also about forging a shared future for mankind. Its importance in this regard cannot be overstated. The BRI's projects create economic opportunities for countries, and these, in turn, contribute to global prosperity. Enhanced infrastructure and connectivity strengthen international ties, fostering a sense of global community.


President Xi's economic diplomacy is the cornerstone of his statesmanship, forging strong economic ties among nations. China's firm belief has always been in keeping friendly ties with each country. Unnecessary involvement in other countries' matters is not the Chinese style. China has always focused on economic development, and this is why it has achieved so much in a small period of time.


The BRI has the potential to drive innovation and technological advancement. The BRI aims to lift millions out of poverty through development projects, aligning with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.


Xi has always emphasized cultural exchange and mutual learning of civilizations, because these help increase people-to-people cooperation, which leads to mutual respect and ultimately achieves the goals of mutual understanding. Cultural cooperation enhances mutual understanding, creating a foundation for peaceful coexistence.


Xi's vision is the mark of a true statesman. The idea of the BRI could not have been floated by an ordinary politician. To connect the world through land, sea and digital routes is an absolutely amazing idea to change the fate of almost the whole world. His vision transcends mere national interests, aiming for the betterment of humanity as a whole.


A global community with a shared future is what Xi believes in and is accomplishing. His emphasis on international cooperation and mutual respect fosters a climate of trust and unity.


The BRI's openness and inclusivity reflect a statesman's commitment to involving all nations, regardless of their size or influence. It promotes peaceful coexistence, conflict resolution and harmony on the global stage.


The Belt and Road Initiative and the BRI forum are pivotal in shaping a shared future for the world. The importance of this initiative extends beyond economics, encompassing cultural exchange, environmental responsibility and a commitment to peaceful development.


President Xi's vision for the BRI exemplifies the common dreams of most people of the world, emphasizing cooperation, inclusivity and long-term prosperity. It is noticeable that his vision extends beyond short-term gains, focusing on sustainable development and shared benefits for generations to come.


As the BRI continues to expand its reach, the world can anticipate a future marked by greater connectivity, sustainable development and shared success for all nations involved.


The author is editor-in-chief of Daily Ittehad Media Group and Pakistan Economic Net, and vice-president of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors. The views do not necessarily reflect those of China Daily.


Source: China Daily