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Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11:51
Consensus reached at Belt, Road gathering
By An Baijie
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11:51 By An Baijie

Chinese President Xi Jinping takes a group photo with foreign leaders and heads of international organizations during the leaders' roundtable meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center in Beijing, capital of China, April 27, 2019. (RAO AIMIN / XINHUA)

President Xi Jinping and other dignitaries reached wide consensus during the just-concluded Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday.

The forum, held in Beijing from Thursday to Saturday, was attended by 40 foreign leaders including heads of state and government from 38 countries, as well as international organizations including the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund.

Wang said Xi's proposals were written into the joint communique of the roundtable meeting and became an international consensus

During the roundtable meeting presided over by Xi on Saturday, the leaders exchanged views and agreed that the Belt and Road Initiative provides great opportunities for development, Wang said.

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Xi said at the meeting that under the principle of extensive consultations, joint contributions and shared benefits, participants of the Belt and Road have provided new impetus for global economic growth since the first forum in 2017.

In his speech delivered on Friday, Xi proposed the pursuance of high-standard cooperation to improve people's lives and promote sustainable development.

Wang said Xi's proposals were written into the joint communique of the roundtable meeting and became an international consensus.

Wang said the forum has set a goal of promoting high quality Belt and Road cooperation.

The forum's participants agreed to make joint efforts to promote interconnectivity and build high-quality, sustainable and risk-resistant infrastructure projects at reasonable costs, Wang said.

Wang told reporters that the participants expect to deepen cooperation with China and connect the Belt and Road with the development strategies of their own countries.

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A total of 127 countries and 29 international organizations have so far signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with China, Wang said, adding that more than 100 multilateral cooperation documents were signed during the forum alone.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 283 concrete results in six categories were reached during the forum. China and relevant countries have signed a number of intergovernmental agreements to strengthen practical cooperation through such projects as the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, Wang said.

The forum has also set up a platform for cooperation between enterprises of different countries, Wang said, adding that more than $64 billion worth of deals were signed during the forum.


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