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China’s state councillor Yang Jiechi has held talks with other senior leaders from Asian countries on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Assia about reviving the Silk Road. The discussion focused on strengthening economic growth, promoting mutual understanding and regional cooperation through the ancient trade route.
China’s state councillor Yang Jiechi has held talks with other senior leaders from Asian countries on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Assia about reviving the Silk Road.
One of the highlights of this year’s Boao Forum is a session bringing together neighboring partners to exchange ideas on reviving the Silk Road. China has emphasized that the new Silk Road would be significant in promoting economic growth, trade cooperation and regional security.
“President Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and Southeast Asia last year. He offered two proposals. One is the Silk Road Economic Belt. Another is the 21st century Maritime Silk Road. Premier Li Keqiang elaborated on China’s policies on pushing forward Asian cooperation, adding that China will promote the development of the economic belt and maritime Silk Road,” Yang Jiechi said.
Leaders from other Asian countries echoed China, stressing the importance of building closer links in the region. Pakistan said its Economic Corridor with China has helped enhance integration.
“Pakistan realizes that partnership in the Silk Road could entail a robust infrastructure, regular energy supply and improved overall governance. We have positioned ourselves to fulfill these yardsticks,” Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said.
The revival of the historic Silk Road is essential for greater connectivity between China and other countries in the region. It will provide fresh impetus to economic integration in Asia and promote regional development and prosperity.